Have you ever needed to correct another person? Perhaps you’ve managed others in the workplace and you needed to improve the performance of your employee. Or, maybe you are a parent. Parents often need to correct their children! Or could it be a neighbor with whom you have a dispute?
When it comes to correcting others, people handle it in different ways. Some people expend a lot of anger and energy on their employee or child. They are harsh and overbearing. The same can be true of neighbors. In all of these situations, voices are raised and the words spoken are hard.
Paul the apostle needed to correct the Corinthians. In 2 Corinthians 12:20-21, Paul expressed his fear that some people in Corinth had not repented of sexual immorality. And he was concerned he would arrive and find rage, jealousy, selfishness, slander, gossip and disorder. So how did he approach the situation? Did he rail at them with a harsh tone? No. Listen to what he said in 2 Corinthians 10:1, “By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you.”(NIV) Then Paul spent a couple of chapters appealing to them.
Think about that phrase “by the humility and gentleness of Christ.” Shouldn’t that be the way we approach correcting others? For that matter, shouldn’t that be the way we approach others in any situation? May we have the meekness and gentleness of Jesus!
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