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 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.