Friday, May 23, 2014

Correction



Galatians 6:1 (NLT) – Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path.  And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.

When was the last time you corrected a friend?  I don’t mean straightening out which day school gets out or suggesting a different outfit.  Solomon said two people are better off than one, because they can help each other succeed. (Ecclesiastes 4:9)  I think we’re pretty good at being positive and encouraging, but when have you addressed a serious behavior taking your friend down the wrong path? 

Not often, I suspect.  It’s politically incorrect.  You might appear judgmental rather than helpful.  It feels confrontational.  It’s easier to let the friendship fade.  But as Christians, we’re instructed to guide them back onto the right path.  It’s our responsibility. 

The key words are gently and humbly.  None of us is perfect or better, so approaching the conversation with a humble, gentle spirit is essential.  We are all on this journey together.  If your friend tripped while you were walking together, you’d naturally reach out your hand to help her up?  So why not help her back on the path toward God too?

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