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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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.