Jude 22-23 (MSG) Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.

God has given us the responsibility to honestly confront those who do wrong. For most of us, confrontation is a difficult task. For a few, it’s much too easy. I hope you don’t delight in finding fault in others. If you do, stop and consider if you do this as a way of overlooking your own faults. If we are not careful we can become what we criticize!

God does call you, however, to help others see the truth. In essence, you can hold up a mirror to your good friends, and they hopefully will do the same for you. How do you help those you care about? Or do you help anyone at all?

Jude, the brother of Jesus, reminds us that we are to deal honestly and directly with those who do wrong, while showing them mercy (Jude 22-23). Help others see their faults but with great humility. You are not responsible for the behavior of others, but you are responsible to gently and tactfully point out areas of misbehavior that may cause them to stumble, fall, or lose their way. Are you avoiding some tough conversations? If you have children, are you confronting them or are you provoking them? Is your tone respectful? Is your word choice uplifting or condescending?

Point to ponder- God calls you to show courage by addressing wrong. But remember the goal is always to see the other person restored, not condemned and belittled. Help that person turn back to God. 

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Kingdom Blessings, Pastor James Baker, Jr.

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