Melvyn Tan
November 21, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

Friends & Family

[blockquote source=”James 5:19-20 (NIV)“]My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.[/blockquote] Write off It is sometimes easier to write […]

[blockquote source=”James 5:19-20 (NIV)“]My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.[/blockquote]

Write off
It is sometimes easier to write people off than to correct them. Over the course of my life I have done that more than I could remember. And as I reflect upon it, I come to the conclusion that perhaps it’s easier to move on than to reconcile. There will always be opportunities to make new friends along the way, so the thinking goes. Besides, not everyone appreciates feedback, especially when it involves having to change. In short, change is difficult so people avoid it.

Family
Family members are another matter altogether. As they say, “love your family, choose your friends”. Because you love your family, hence when it comes to letting them know the truth becomes even harder. It could be due to expectations that we hold each other to a higher standard. But when it comes to family members, it’s difficult to drop them. But to tell them the truth is even harder. That makes for a double jeopardy situation.

Confession
I confess, this is one aspect that I fall short of the expected target. In short, this is where I sin. For I know that others are not doing what’s right, but I find it difficult to tell them, to let them know, to correct them.

Prayer
Father I pray that it is time for me to be a better friend, be a better family member, so that I can gently bring others on this path towards effective purpose. In Jesus name, Amen.