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Have you ever corrected a fellow Christian’s behavior only for them to attack you with Matthew 7:1? I get this verse thrown at my face almost weekly; mostly by people who misinterpret my social media posts and don’t understand my sarcasm. “Judge not, that ye be not judged!” Stop judging! only God is my judge!” Romans 3:10 is also used as much, “None is righteous!” Once in a while I get to be compared to the Pharisees and teachers of the law whom Jesus told in John 8:7 “He that is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone at her. “
Don’t get me wrong, the scriptures above are important and true. We should be reminded that we are where we are by the grace of God: Who is righteous and Holy and desires that we be more like Him.
Story time! So, I have an online friend that I have known for a while now. We have never met but we often talk on social media, through comments and sometimes on direct message. A few weeks ago, she posted something that was unlike her. Outright blasphemy! I was taken a back and thought, this is not right. Since we have spoken a few times on loving God and living for Him, and since we are both ministers of God’s word, I should reach out and correct her. She did not take it well. According to her, I was judging her and acting holier than thou. In her own words ‘you act like you are so Holy, your work is to tell people how to be like you!’ Yoooooh! I slowly went on mute and minded my business. (Don’t worry about her reading this, we are cool now and she actually told me to write about it)
This is just one among many incidents I have come across. I have also had moments where I felt judged yet someone was just pointing out something I need to correct. God’s word tells us to restore one another gently and carefully (Galatians 6:1) We are also told to warn one another (Titus 3:10) Here is my favourite, James 5:19 “My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back,…”
Are you teachable? Do you stand to be corrected? If someone pointed out a sinful behaviour in you, will you switch to defense mode and look for Bible verses to make them feel guilty of correcting you? Do you welcome developmental criticism? If not, how then do you read the Bible? Because God’s word often points out the sin in us and corrects us. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Correction is for your good.
When someone corrects you, it does not mean they are Holier than God. It doesn’t mean they are hating on you and judging you. Many times, they love you and desire better for you. So next time instead of throwing scripture at them. Thank them and take time to think through what they have pointed out.
Today I pray that we shall be slow to defend ourselves and quick to search our hearts. That when the sin in us is pointed out, we shall stand to be corrected. That is one way of changing our behaviour and growing in character to be more like God. May the Lord help us all.