Galatians 6:1-2 My brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in any kind of wrongdoing, those of you who are spiritual should set him right; but you must do it in a gentle way. And keep an eye on yourselves, so that you will not be tempted too. Help to carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will obey the law of Christ. (GNB)
I remember a day when I faced this situation.
There was some sort of disagreement, to cut a long story short, I was compelled to speak to someone who I consider my young sister. I went up to her and explained to her how in every situation whatever the case scenario, she should always strive to be the bigger person. It got ugly.
I was escorted with insults until I disappeared to wherever I was going, I was hurt definitely and very confused, I kept asking the Holy Spirit, did I approach this situation badly, surely I was doing what I had learned from the Holy Book, I felt frustrated, but the Holy Spirit assured me not to dwell on the negativity…
Many people never like being corrected especially those with pride and ego issues, it is also true that even those who do the correcting can slip. The Bible tells us you correct them gently…meaning, I imagine…you correct them without embarrassing them, pull them aside, speak to them privately…someone who accepts correction has a teachable spirit, which is what we should all have because we can never know it all, life itself is a learning curve and process…
Correction is never for the one corrected only, its for the whole society…the Bible tells us not everyone will be won over through the Word but also through our conduct as Christians (1 Peter 3:1-2).
Most times the people who do the correcting or give advice never follow through themselves, but surely it will be better when the one corrected learns and in turn helps the one who gave the advice. We are meant to help one another and bear each other’s burdens for we are each other’s keeper.