I must confess that sometimes I find it so hard to correct people and I mean fellow Christians and even those under my spiritual care. I can see clearly that they are in the wrong; I can see where their actions and choices will land them, but I know they will not listen to counsel or take correction. Sometimes I am sorely tempted to just watch them crash and then extend my arms to cushion the fall or pick them up!
Being who I am, most of the time I will step in to correct, some will listen, some will not and I just make sure I am there to fish them out before they drown.
Well, James 5:19-20, encourage us to be quick to turn back a brother (or sister) who goes astray!
"My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins."
We have a Christian duty to correct one another and draw each other back from heading down a wrong path. Correcting people is a sign of love. God corrects those He loves and we must do so too. Maybe they will not listen but what if they do? It will take courage to speak to some people, I know, but if that will save them from disaster, we must do it. Let us correct kindly and in love.
A word to the one being corrected: do not be quick to disregard correction, especially from those who love you, have your interest at heart and those who have spiritual oversight over you. Contrary to what you may think, you do not know it all.
Love, Lady Monica ❤