November 27. 2013
"Jesus Gave Honest Counsel"
“A friend means well even when he hurts you.” Proverbs 27: 6
Jesus shows us that real friends care enough to confront. Even when it’s painful, they’ll tell you the truth. They won’t let you waste your life in silence.
I’ve found that correcting another person in a loving way is powerful. Done the right way, it builds people up. The difference between the right and the wrong way is your attitude. If all you’re doing is pointing out faults, then stop. The purpose has to be to correct, not to condemn.
Before you say something to someone you need to ask yourself this question, “What’s my motive in this? Am I correcting him for my benefit or for his benefit?” If you can answer that question honestly with love for the one you are correcting, then you will know how to proceed.
A lot of times, we want to correct people just because they’re being jerks or they’re hassling us. Those are the wrong reasons to offer correction because they really only reflect our concern for self. We want our reason to be a concern for the fellow believer.
Instead, follow Ephesians 4: 15 which says, “Speak the truth in love.” So the key to proper correction: affirm the person; then correct the behavior.
Peace in the Lord,
P.S.: The daily devotion will be on vacation untilMonday. Have a blessed Thanksgiving; enjoy the time with your family if you are able to get together with them and share special times with friends.
Posted on Fri, November 29, 2013
by Marie Blair