Being Right

“If you’re wrong, admit it; if you’re right, shut up!”
(English Proverb)
So many times there is a bitter aftertaste after conflict because either one or both sides failed this maxim! In marriages, in friendships, and in churches we need to do both. Most of the time, a little bit of fault lies with both sides. James admonishes us to “confess your sins to each other, and pray for each other” (James 5:16).
The two hardest words to pronounce in the English language are, “I’m sorry.” The three hardest words in the English language to pronounce are, “I was wrong.”
If you’re wrong, admit it.
And when you’re right? I suppose the Lord could have gloated over Peter’s denials. “Excuse me,” he could have said, “but aren’t you the fellow who said, now let me see if I got this right, ‘Even if all fall away, I never will?'”
Of course, the magic of Jesus was that he didn’t bruise with sarcastic self-righteousness. He forgave and healed.
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail” (Luke 22:31,32).
In other words, when you’re right, shut up.
Jesus knew his man. Peter would fail, for he was weak; but Peter would learn and grow. Jesus’ actions fostered and encouraged Peter’s growth.
No wonder men were prepared to die for him!

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