Before correction should come…..?

We should correct each other often. It is very important to correct someone going astray.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

The scripture commands us to admonish each other.

Romans 15:14 And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another.

So admonishing and correcting each other is the integral part of true Christianity. Without any corrections we would have definitely gone astray.

Praise God for his saints who come along at the right time to check in and correct us if we are going on wrong track.

After saying all this, one thing which can go wrong in all this is when correction is performed in a wrong manner.

Sometimes correction may be misunderstood as offence, if not done in a godly way.

Now, I would like to complete my title. Before correction should come……… appreciation. 😀👏👏👏
Yes, often very good corrections are rejected not because they weren’t warranted. They are rejected because of lack of appreciation before correction.

Let me illustrate by giving some scripture quote.

Revelation 2:2-4 ‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; [3] and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. [4] But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

This is how resurrected Lord Jesus appreciated the wonderful church at Ephesus. This church was without any problems when Paul wrote a letter to them. But when Christ wrote, first thing He does is to appreciate them.

He knows their work, but they had lost the first love. Then He corrected them.

My point is that, before correcting someone we have to gain their trust by appreciating their efforts.

Without appreciation all corrections become objections. The person who is corrected will not be able to appreciate what is being said. It will not be perceived as something for his betterment. It will break him, may cause discouragement. He may lose his confidence.

Be careful while correcting. The amount of appreciation should be at least as equal to correction, more the better. Appreciation should not be less than correction.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Jesus Christ was not imbalanced man. He was balanced. He was full of grace and truth. He has the correct combination in the best order, Grace first and truth later. Be graceful before telling the truth about that person.

Many people are either full of too much grace or too much of truthful. The gracious won’t be able to correct and truthful go on overcorrecting.

Let us pray for both, that Lord Jesus will fill us with right amount of grace and truth so that we will be graciously restore the wayward in the truth of the Lord.

God bless you with these words. Shalom to all my readers.🕊️

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9 thoughts on “Before correction should come…..?

  1. This is very helpful and honest. I do think people are too quick to correct these days and not in a loving way. Honestly, I find correction difficult but if it’s from someone who I know loves me, I find it easier to take. Thank you for sharing with me Nitin!!

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  2. Pressly Dias

    Nice message brother .. for now m not correcting anyone .. but others corrects me ..dat is great ..but I would keep this advice for my future use ..!!thanks

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