If your doctor discovered you had cancer would you want him to tell you?
If you had bad breath, body odor or your zipper was down would you want a friend to tell you?
If you were unaware you were heading into an accident or financial loss, and someone saw the danger, would you want them to tell you?
If you were unaware of an attitude or practice you had which needlessly hurt others, would you want to be told?
Thank God for friends who help us with our blind spots! Although the moments when others point out my blind spots can be humbling, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t want to needlessly offend others or heedlessly stumble into calamity.
True kindness has to do with seeking the best for others, and on occasion, when it is in the best interest of others, to lovingly and sensitively point out the blind spots. Yes, there will be times when some may misunderstand your corrections and even resent them, but the majority will be greatly relieved to have a friend who loves them like you! At least, that’s the kind of friends I’d like to have!
May we truly be loving and humble when we point out the blind spots of others, and appreciative and humble when our own blind spots are pointed out! I find that only the mature, or those who wish to be, are able to receive correction graciously and then benefit from it in a fruitful way.
Let a righteous man strike me–that is a kindness; let him rebuke me–that is oil on my head. Psalm141:5a
Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who ignores reproof goes astray. Prov 10:17
Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. Prov 9:8
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and every expression of evil, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save your souls. James 1:21
WHAT THINKEST THOU?
Steven C Johnson