This week's Monday Musing is a favorite quote from Bible commentator Matthew Henry (1662-1714) as he reflects on Galatians 6:1: "Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness: each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted." (NASB)
Mr. Beaver and I have found this verse to be critical to approaching our children with the right heart when they have done wrong. I found Henry's words deeply impactful when I first stumbled across them. I have rehearsed this quote many times since, especially just before I correct a child.
"We are here taught to deal tenderly with those who are overtaken in a fault [and] the manner in which this is to be done: with the spirit of meekness; not in wrath and passion, as those who triumph in a brother's faults, but with meekness, as those who rather mourn for them. Many needful reproofs lose their efficacy by being given in wrath; but when they are managed with calmness and tenderness, and appear to proceed from sincere affection and concern for the welfare of those to whom they are given, they are likely to make a due impression." (Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible, Complete and Unabridged)