A recent homily I heard from a priest was about brotherly correction. How we like to think our sins are private or people don’t want others in their business. We should correct our of love, compassion NOT out of pride, arrogance or selfishness. Charitable correction.
Calling out other people’s sin is a difficult task. How do I know if I’m simply calling out a person’s sin to shame, humiliate or make myself feel better? What about timing or when is it our place to say something or NOT SAY SOMETHING? It always important to respect a person’s privacy and speak the truth while respecting the dignity of the person. I don’t think that should be used an excuse to be a meddler or a busybody.
As a recipient of correction, how can I humbly accept the bitter truth regardless of the delivery? The truth is the truth. Sure, it would be nice if people said things are the right timing or in a more pleasant tone.
I know I can get defensive. There are certain aspects of my personal life that I would like to be off-limits and I imagine should be off-limits.
Like someone having an affair, an abortion, filing for a divorce, etc.
Which is worse offending a brother now to lead him to the straight and narrow path? I know in the homily the Father found a biblical quote on how we are responsible for instructing the ignorant and admonishing sinners and to do so privately but if they don’t listen bring others.
I appreciate your honest reply and God bless.