Home
Search
Topics
Contact
About

Be An Encourager Not A Critic

When necessary, encouragers will also reprove and rebuke.

2 Timothy 4:2: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

2 Timothy 3:16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Sin will eventually rob us of comfort.

Colossians 3:21: Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

2 Corinthians 1:3: Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

1 Corinthians 13:4: Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

1 Thessalonians 5:11: Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Ephesians 4:14: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

This article was written by George Whitten. You can subscribe to his free daily email articles at Worthy Network.

A survey asked mothers to keep track of how many times they made both negative and positive comments to their children. The surveyed mothers admitted that they criticized at least ten times for every one time they said something favorable. Another survey taken in one city*s schools found that the teachers were negative seventy-five percent of the time. This study concluded that it takes four positive statements to a child from a parent or teacher to offset the effects of one negative statement.

Wow, when I think about how many times I*ve said negative things to people in my lifetime, I have some positive paying back to do!

Many times we justify our criticizing, hurtful words and actions by thinking we*re right in a matter. But, in fact, the only one who*s all right is the Lord! And He has called us to be the encouragers of the world! We have the gift of God residing within us, and we are ambassadors of His love. We need to constantly remind ourselves to operate under that love in every circumstance - even the most difficult ones!

When we find ourselves getting ready to criticize, let*s strive to stop in our tracks and say something encouraging instead --- not only to the world around us but to ourselves!

Care to discuss Be An Encourager Not A Critic with Ron?

He'd also like to hear your prayer requests