When we notice an issue that someone has, sometimes we feel like we need to speak to them about it. But before we do, we need to stop and examine our motives. Are we trying to help them or humiliate them? Are we confronting this person to make ourselves look better? Jesus lifted up and restored people, and that’s what we should be doing too. We shouldn’t be trying to make people look bad in front of others, trying to make ourselves look holy, or shifting the focus to someone else because we don’t want people to look at what we’re doing wrong. Before we put somebody else’s life under the microscope, let’s stop and examine our own. Are we struggling with the same issue, or one just as bad? Jesus said: ‘Why do you notice the little piece of dust in your friend’s eye, but you don’t notice the big piece of wood in your own eye? How can you say to your friend, “Let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye”? Look at yourself! You still have that big piece of wood in your own eye. You hypocrite! First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your friend’s eye’ (Matthew 7:3-5 NCV). But if we’re confident that we should be speaking to someone about something they’re doing, let’s ensure we’re doing it with kindness, grace, gentleness, and love. In Galatians we’re told, ‘if someone in your group does something wrong, you who are spiritual should go to that person and gently help make him right again.’ We shouldn’t be judgmental or harsh. We should be ‘speaking the truth in love’ (Ephesians 4:15 NCV).
Next time you feel like you need to correct someone else, first stop and think about your motives. Speak gently to the person, and ask God to show you any areas you need to work on too.
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