Constructive Help

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Daily Reading: Daniel 7:1-28, 1 John 1:1-10. Psalm 119:153-176, Proverbs 28:23-24

Daily Verse: “Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue.” Prov. 28:23

Constructive help.

Giving a loving rebuke wins in the end. People may enjoy false flattery at the moment, but when they suffer the consequences, they will wish you told them the truth.

Long ago, I had a friend who always agreed with me. Bolstered by her support, I would move forward with whatever, only to get bit in the butt with the consequences. When I would talk to my friend afterward, she always said, “I thought it was a bad idea at the time but didn’t want to say anything.”

What!?! Say something; help me avoid the pitfall. I finally learned my lesson and stopped going to her for advice. People who lovingly point out my flaws and help guide me in the right direction make better friends.

Giving constructive help to others can challenge you. Having the ability to provide feedback and not offend the receiver takes work. But you can share truth in love, helping people make more educated decisions and better results.

Rebuke with love, and people will appreciate your words.

Lord, forgive us for taking the easy way out and saying words people want to hear instead of what they need to hear.  Please help us improve at rebuking with love and helping people make the best decisions.  IJNIP. Amen

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