Godly Advice & Encouragement

One of the greatest challenges we have in Christ is that of giving godly advice and correcting one another. Proverbs 10:32“The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse”–to know what to say that fits the needs of someone needing encouragement is an ultimate test of wisdom. Proverbs 15:28, “The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil”–you should never be too quick to offer advice or correction without gathering all the facts that you can and pray for wisdom about it. The “Golden Rule”, Luke 6:31, truly applies to giving advice or correction. You don’t want anyone to give you advice without carefully listening and considering your situation. So too, you need to apply diligence in preparing advice to be shared with others. In the same light, the way that you deliver the advice or correction to someone is important. You should speak with the same respect that you would like someone to show you if they were giving you the advice or correction.

Your advice needs to have at its core the principles that come from the scriptures that deal with the issues in question. You must be careful to be objective in your advice and not to use scriptures out of context or twist scripture to support your own personal opinions on the matters at hand. You should always strive for what 2 Timothy 2:15 teaches us; to be – “a workman who rightly discerns the Word of God”. You should examine all the possibilities that could be chosen and discuss the impact those choices could have on your brother or sister and their service to Christ. We all have our own opinions on things and if we do use them as advice with someone, we should be able to share scriptures that have helped us come to the convictions we have on the subject. Many times there is no obvious right or wrong decision; there is simply a choice that needs to be evaluated as to which is the better solution based on our understanding and faith at the time.

A spirit of love and concern should always govern the underlying motivation in your giving advice or correction. Ephesians 4:29-32, tells us, “Do not let any unwholesome talk to come out of our mouths but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen”. Giving correction is a part of your service to Christ and each other, not as a means of lording authority over one another. Your correction to one another should always be an encouragement based upon biblical principles to help make Jesus the Lord of your life. One of your goals in giving correction should be to teach how to use your knowledge of the scriptures to make sound, everyday decisions in the world you live in. The cornerstone of your correction should always be built on 2 Timothy 3:16-17, which tells you how the scriptures are useful for handling all the situations that you encounter in the training of your righteousness so that you can be equipped for every good work. J


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MONDAY: Our words can be used either to encourage or do a lot of harm to those we love. Read Proverbs 12:18. What causes you to use reckless words? Pray for patience and wisdom for the way you communicate with others.

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TUESDAY: Read Proverbs 15:28What are the benefits of taking time before giving a reply? Read Proverbs 18:13What does it show when you start answering before listening until a person is done talking to you?

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WEDNESDAY: Read Proverbs 15:4. Do you actively reach out to those who need encouragement or correction? If you hesitate to do so, list what holds you back. Pray that the Lord will help you overcome these stumbling blocks.

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THURSDAY: Read Proverbs 15:1How do you deliver your words to those you are encouraging or correcting? Read Proverbs 15:28Do you take time to consider what you will say and pray before you go to those with encouragement or correction?

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FRIDAY: Read Proverbs 16:23Do you make it your goal to encourage and promote instruction? Look up some verses that teach you how to do this.

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J Family Devotional Ideas:

Discuss how words can bring encouragement and joy, or much sorrow, if not used right. Write down some words together that are good examples of being encouraging and some that seem harmful.

During these stressful times, we want to offer our prayers and encouragement to any who are interested. Our leaders are available to help, please let us know by emailing info@nulllicoc.org.