“Love, Little Ones, & the Stumbling Ophthalmologist”

From Ellen White in Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing

“Not until you feel that you could sacrifice your own self-dignity, and even lay down your life in order to save an erring brother, have you cast the beam out of your own eye so that you are prepared to help your brother. Then you can approach him and touch his heart. No one has ever been reclaimed from a wrong position by censure and reproach; but many have thus been driven from Christ and led to seal their hearts against conviction. A tender spirit, a gentle, winning deportment, may save the erring and hide a multitude of sins.”                            pg 128

There has to be a bridge from the destruction of gossip to the loving reproach we are all required to receive and give as believers, neighbors, and living a life, “doing unto others…”