Correcting and being Corrected

Who wants to be corrected??

Who wants to do the correcting?

Most of us hesitate a bit before we do either of these. Sometimes that’s smart because not everything need correction. Still there are times we must move forward.

In Acts 18:26 we have a great example of both sides. The two sides did really well with being corrected and correcting. The account says that Apollos came to Ephesus where Aquila and Priscilla were ministering. “He began to speak out fearlessly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquilas heard him, they took him aside and explained the way of God to him more accurately.” v26 NET

Here’s the wisdom Aquila and Priscilla had:

  1. they knew something had to be said. The misinformation Apollos was giving out demanded correction.
  2. they kindly handled it and took him aside. They didn’t call him out in front of everyone.
  3. they explained the truth more fully to Apollos.

Watch how Apollos handles this course correction:

  1. he listened to correction. He humbling accepted his mistakes in his theology.
  2. he was resilient. He heard new info. He took it to heart. Then he continued to launch out in ministry in Achaia.

May we handle challenging corrections like this too.

How do you handle conflict?

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2 Responses to “Correcting and being Corrected”
  1. Tim Rich says:

    Ya, correction is difficult for sure, and the fact that Apollos went right into Achaia and preached is a testimony of how he received his talk with Aquila and Priscilla. vs. 28 says that Apollos taught and influenced the Jews.

    Also, Priscilla being female is another indication that the Jewish traditions and law were no longer paramount. It was all about Jesus finding Gentiles on fire for God and turning them loose in the trenches.

    • Dane says:

      I just thought this morning about the best book on conflict resolution, The Peacemaker, by Ken Sande. I’ve benefitted from reading. I’ve also watched folks who are struggling big time who read it together with wonderful results in their lives.

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