"And this is my prayer; that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight. So that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ." (Philippians 1 v 9-10)
There is an unusual plant that is very sensitive to anything that touches it. It has delicate, fern-like leaves and is very pretty in appearance. The Portuguese word malicia is used to describe this plant found in Brazil. It is indeed malicious! When it is disturbed, its leaves close completely in a few seconds and only the twigs are visible. Within a further half hour, the plant will return to its original blossoming appearance.
But having touched the plant once, your natural human instincts will guide you to be very careful and not to touch it again. Many people (both christians and non-christians), display a similar kind of sensitivity. A remark that was meant kindly is completely misinterpreted. Immediately the offended individual shrivels up and scratches back at what was intended as a gentle touch. Therefore be wise in giving criticism, opinions, advice, suggestions to sensitive people, but always strive to do it with the love of God.
How should we react to sensitive individuals? Should we despise them and leave them alone? By no means! It is everyone's responsibility to walk in love with each other. The bible instructs us to love, forgive, do good to one another, and pray for each other despite situations and circumstance.
"Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently, But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted."
'Sensitivity or Touchiness'in others must be lovingly, patiently handled; but when we find it in ourselves as christians, it must never be tolerated. Whatever you dislike in another person, first take priority to correct in yourself.(Galatians 6 v 1)