God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rules - 2:13

13.  Consider him a friend who privately rebukes you of your faults.  It is a pitiful situation indeed if a man has no one who dares correct him when he has need of it.  For if he is not rebuked, he may conclude in his own mind that he has no faults & thus continue in his sins to his own destruction, whereas by a friendly reproof he might be turned away from sin.  


Everyone most certainly needs correction at times.  For as the eye sees all & seeks the improvement of all yet cannot see itself or better itself, so by our very natures we are partial to ourselves & cannot see our own shortcomings & defects as easily as we can see those of other people.  For this reason it is very needful that our faults be pointed out to us - which others can see so much more clearly than we ourselves can see them.


Regardless whether reproof is given justly or unjustly, by a friend or by an enemy, it can do a wise & understanding person no harm.  For if it is the truth, it will remind you to better yourself.  If it is false, it will serve as a warning that you should heed in the future.


But if you cannot bear to be corrected, then never do anything wrong!

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2 comments:

Angela said...

I love this one Shirlee. The key word to this one is found in the first line,"privately". I don't mind being corrected and goodness knows I have had to be more times in my life than I would want to count but it is in the way and place that it is done that makes one take heed.
I have always tried when correcting Holly and Darbee Rae not to do so in the presence of others and to take the time to explain what, why, etc. It is hard sometime for us as adults to be corrected, but then the last sentence says it all,"If you cannot bear to be corrected, then never do anything wrong" Hmmmm, I,ll take my chances. (LOL)
Thanks for sharing
Angela

TheCrankyCrow said...

This one is a special one, Shirlee - how true that reproof can do a wise and understanding person no harm. And if one thinks about it in this manner, it certainly makes criticism of any sort much easier to take. Love it! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin