I stumbled across this passage the other day…by that I mean I read it, said, hmmm that’s interesting. Then “wow, that is really interesting.” I kept trying to read past it, but I kept being drawn back to it.
“Better is open rebuke, th[a]n hidden love.”
I don’t know about you, but on the surface I wouldn’t think that is true. I hate being rebuked. I hate being corrected and will immediately get defensive if someone tries to redirect me.
So, how can that really be better than “hidden love?”
Deep down, I know that is true. Open rebuke–someone who comes forward to challenge my perspective is actually showing an interest in a restored relationship with me. On the flip side, “hidden love” just gnaws away at us. It destroys relationship because we fear having our feelings exposed.
I figured could tack on an extra clause and add it to my dry erase board in my office for when people come in with suggestions: “Better is open rebuke, th[a]n hidden praise; but best of all is open praise.“
[edited by the grammar police of Don and my wife!]