STOP AND THINK – If it is hard to accept a rebuke, even a private one, it is harder still to administer one in loving humility. (D. A. Carson, theologian and author)

It hurts when someone corrects you, even if the rebuke is needed and given in a gracious, loving way. No one likes to be wrong or to have his error pointed out to him. But, as Carson says, it’s even more difficult to rebuke someone else. Like spanking your child, you can rightly say, “It hurts me more than it does you.” So, offer correction humbly and with love.

Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear. (Proverbs 25:12)