STOP AND THINK – Oh, that I might never be so void of love to my fallen brother as not to give him a serious reproof, nor so void of love to myself as not to receive a serious reproof. (George Swinnock, Puritan preacher and author)

It’s true that “love covers over a multitude of sins” (the Bible), but that doesn’t mean we should overlook the harmful faults and bad habits of those close to us. If we really care, we’ll kindly show them a better way. Not only that, but if we truly love our friends, we will accept their correction of our own faults.

If someone is caught in a sin, you . . . should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)