By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
While God is a God of justice, He is also loving. His Word encourages us to treat one another with mercy in correction. We often want to focus on the “truth” part of the verse and give the statement, “truth hurts” while unkindly raking someone over the coals. However, along with truth in correction there should be mercy.
The second part of the verse will help answer a lot of questions in a Christian’s life.
Last week an unsaved neighbor wandered into the church at the end of a seminary class and wanted to know what the chapter and verse were for why we should wear ties during classes (he was eavesdropping while the pastor was reading the rules to the students). Of course there is not a chapter and verse for the tie issue, but it is a rule in the seminary and there are verses which say we should obey the authority over us (Romans 13:1; Hebrews 13:17).
If we lived in the fear of the Lord, striving to please Him with an honest respect and reverence, we would not care about a chapter and verse for every little rule. The Holy Spirit would be allowed to guide us and give us a spirit of obedience and meekness.