Have you ever received an anonymous, unsigned letter in the mail? Or a critical email from an unknown and unreturnable address? I have. And here’s how I respond: If you don’t have the time to sign it, I don’t have the time to read it. Here’s why. Anonymous authors are intentionally refusing to engage in a conversation. Intent on having the last and only word. But God teaches differently. He wants us to proceed with honor. By taking criticism directly to the person, in hopes that a resolution can be found “just between the two of you” (Mat. 18:15). Doing so prevents the spread of malicious gossip - and protects the possibility of preserving the relationship. However, make sure you first ensure that you are approaching your brother with a humble heart (Gal. 6:1). Be certain you are reaching out in a spirit of humility, placing the relationship above being right. And embrace an expectant attitude. Who knows? You may be sharing the very thing the person needs to hear in order to grow and improve. But remember: Respond only to those who are willing to converse. That’s why if they don’t have the courage to sign it, you don’t have the time to read it.