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Several years ago an interesting concept crossed my path at a men’s breakfast. I’ve seen it proven true several times since and am thinking about it again for some reason.

“Correct” is an uncomfortable verb
but it’s less painful than “reject” – by far.
When it comes right down to it, if you don’t correct your brother now,
you’ll be forced to reject him later.

Our speaker that morning, a pastor from a church in the heart of Milwaukee talking to men in white suburbia made a strong case for his words. I don’t recall the exact passages he referenced but I do remember he drew parallels between what Solomon wrote in Proverbs and what the apostle Paul did several times in his letters to New Testament churches. If you don’t correct your brother now, you’ll reject him later.

He knew he was talking to Christian men intent on following hard after God, being men of God at home and at work. His goal that morning was for us to grasp the concept that correcting each other, while uncomfortable, was sure to be less painful than having to reject a brother because of sin’s stronghold and spiritual defeat down the road. So check it now. “I believe in you, brother, and I want you to thrive spiritually. What can I do to help you fix this?”

I’ve seen this principle work over the years, and I’ve seen it neglected as well, perhaps because people didn’t stop to think about it, perhaps because they didn’t know. It’s a valuable concept so I share it here today.

Have a child with tendencies that are going to cause trouble if left un-checked?
Have a friend in Christ that’s drifting one way or the other?
Have an employee that’s increasingly off the mark?
Have a colleague that’s misreading things or becoming overly critical?

Maybe this principle will help you avoid heartache and pain later on:

“Correct” is an uncomfortable verb but it’s less painful than “reject” – by far.
When it comes right down to it, if you don’t correct your brother now, you’ll be forced to reject him later.”

Something to think about,
maybe something to do – soon.

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