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Saturday, May 17, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Proverbs 25:11-13(NASB)
11: Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances. 12: Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise reprover to a listening ear. 13: Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest Is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters
We're typically too quick to criticize and too slow to praise, and when we are critical, we aren't often constructive. Sometimes, its the complement that is that special word at the right time, especially if its going to support staff who normally don't get a lot of praise. Compassion isn't native to us, that's a gift from the Holy Spirit. However, a good correction spoken in love is equally important. Often, we're reluctant to make such a statement for fear of being out of place or feeling too unworthy of telling others what to do and what not to do. Godly correction is compassionate as well, for it helps the other person hone his walk with the Lord.

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