Now that we know how to accept correction, weâ€™ve got to know how to give it. We shouldnâ€™t give correction just because we donâ€™t like what someone else is doing or how they are doing it. We should give correction to build others up in Christ. As Christians, we are all called to give correction to others when needed, â€œAdmonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyoneâ€ (1 Thessalonians 5:14).
Correction with direction
Correction is about guiding someone in the direction they should be going and not telling them they are going the wrong direction then leaving them stranded in the middle of nowhere feeling lost and confused, not knowing which way to go. So it is important when correcting, to state what was done and how it should be done in the future. Be sure that the wisdom you are offering is Biblical. Always refer to scripture when correcting. â€œAll Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousnessâ€ (2 Timothy 3:16).
Correcting with love and gentleness
You are not better than the one you are correcting. Where one falls weak, another is strong; where one is strong, another falls weak. So remember that when offering correction and do so with love and gentleness. Instead of griping, â€œYou always do this wrong, what are you thinking?â€ Show genuine care and concern and instead say, â€œIâ€™ve noticed you doing this, this is what God asks of usâ€¦â€ (Fill in the blank)Â Keep it clear and simple by leaving out your thoughts, it will be that much easier for them to apply the correction given.
God gives us examples of how to live all throughout scripture and often times we need accountability for our wrong ways. We are to hold each other accountable and correct each other when needed so that we may live more like Christ every day and enjoy Godâ€™s best in our lives.
Ashley Fordinal is the Childrenâ€™s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.