Disciples of Christ
1500 Forest Hills Blvd. (Hwy 279) 479 . 855 . 2780 Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715
Henry Ford was having lunch with a man one day when he asked him, "Who is your best friend?" The man started to name certain people. "No," Ford interrupted him, "I'll tell you who your best friend is. Your best friend is he who brings out the best in you."
Some people confuse bringing out the best in others with pointing out the worst in others. There's a difference.
Your children, your spouse, your friends, your employees and co-
That's why Paul said that "everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement, and comfort." (1 Corinthians 14:3) This is what people need more than criticism. They already have a pretty good idea of what they can't do; they need to be reminded of what they can do, by God's grace. And they need to be encouraged and empowered to keep trying.
I have a friend who often justifies his critical nature with the excuse, "My spiritual gift is prophecy; I call 'em the way I see 'em." That's not prophecy, according to Paul's definition. Not even close.
Do you want a room full of best friends? Make the effort to bring out the best in others, instead of merely pointing out the worst.
Pastor Skip French