Pointing Out the Faults of Others

A post I read this morning called, “Perspective on Faults” it reminded me of our persistent our human inclination to point out the faults of others. While some people have overcome the propensity to notice the mistakes of others, a lot of us still have work to do to overcome this unhelpful and even perilous habit.

I know a few people who have no hesitations whatsoever in telling others that what they are doing is wrong. Honestly being around them can be uncomfortable, embarrassing, and even scary. I have heard them explain a couple of times that pointing out the sins or errors of others is a part of their Christian duty. I guess I agree to some extent, but the way they do it just don’t seem to work for me.

Making someone aware of their wrongdoing can be right as it may be the only way for them to get out of a dangerous path. However, this task when done wrong can push someone further away from God as well as put our own souls in danger. As it says in Galatians 6:1, “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourselves, or you may also be tempted.”

So when we feel as if the Lord is calling us to help others back into the right path, we should remember that we ought to do it gently, and with consideration to our own weaknesses and shortcomings.