February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017

Be an encouraging voice.

 

Sometimes, Christians can be negative. It’s not just Christians though. Lots of people lean towards negativity. We look at those around us and their situation or our own life and our situation and we only see the bad. We notice the suffering. We see the hurt. We look at the fall.

 

Jesus wasn’t negative. He didn’t lead people astray with false truths or lies of omission, but he was positive. He gave people hope. The sick, hurting, the religious, he gave them hope. He’d admit the flaws in their life, but he’d point them towards a better tomorrow. He’d acknowledge sin but present the path of repentance. He saw suffering and met it with kindness. He saw hurt and brought healing. He looked at the fall and then pointed to the means of standing tall again. He didn’t deny truth, but he brought truth with love and hope.

 

When people talk to you, would you say they leave you feeling encouraged. Would you say your words build up others? Jesus looked to use his words to make people better and he encouraged us to do the same in the great commission. He told us to go to all ends of the earth and baptize people. And then teach him all the things he taught us in his life. That includes the way he used his words.
If you want to give people the attention they deserve, give attention to building them up, not pointing out their flaws.