Daily D – 1 Corinthians 14:3
1 Corinthians 14:3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. (NIV)
1 Corinthians 14:1-3 Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth. If you praise him in the private language of tongues, God understands you but no one else does, for you are sharing intimacies just between you and him. But when you proclaim his truth in everyday speech, you’re letting others in on the truth so that they can grow and be strong and experience his presence with you. (MSG)
A famous basketball player had harsh things to say about another famous person. He said these things to television reporters with cameras recording. There is no evidence he addressed his concerns with the other famous person. This is a famously bad way to win friends and influence people.
The next time you want to address someone else’s bad behavior, focus on doing it in such a manner that the other person walks away strengthened, encouraged, and comforted.
If you cannot address someone else’s bad behavior in this manner, strongly consider that you are also behaving badly and require a rebuke.
Bad form is bad form regardless of motive or purpose.
We live in a day where people love putting others in their place. This is one of the singularly most ineffective and unhelpful things we can do. It is more like lighting a string of firecrackers than popping only one. It is noisy, messy, and irritating. It is also completely unhelpful.
We build better people, better homes, better businesses, and better ministries when we focus less on behavior and more on character development. The next time you need to address problematic performance, slow down your heart and mind so that you can find a way to do so in a manner that strengthens, encourages, and comforts.
I will address others in a manner that strengthens, encourages, and comforts.
Our Father, I prefer power over patience. Empower me to reflect you more and more. You are eternally patient. Give me the wisdom necessary to slow down and provide instruction and correction that strengthens, encourages, and comforts. Amen.
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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”