Jude (NLT) 22 And you must show mercy to[h] those whose faith is wavering. 23 Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others,[i] but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.
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. God does call you, however, to help others see the truth.
In essence, you can hold up a standard to your good friends, and they hopefully will do the same for you. 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 inappropriate behavior that may cause them to stumble, fall, or lose their way.
Are you avoiding some tough conversations? If you have loved ones, are you confronting them? And when you do; are you doing it with gentleness and humility? Is your tone respectful? Is your word choice uplifting or condescending? God calls you to show courage by addressing wrong.
Point to ponder- Please remember the goal is always to see the other person restored, not humiliated. Help that person turn back to God.
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