Friday, November 1, 2013

DAY 289 - When to Rebuke and When to Encourage?

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不 可 嚴 責 老 年 人 , 只 要 勸 他 如 同 父 親 ; 勸 少 年 人 如 同 弟 兄 ;
 勸 老 年 婦 女 如 同 母 親 ; 勸 少 年 婦 女 如 同 姐 妹 ; 總 要 清 清 潔 潔 的 。

提 摩 太 前 書 5:1-2

Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father,younger men as brothers,  older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.

1 Timothy 5:1-2

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    What I got today from Jesus is: When to rebuke and when to encourage?
    What I got from Jesus today is something difficult to discern. When was the last time you encourage someone? When was the last time you rebuke someone?

     Yesterday Archbishop Kolini laid hands to pray for me at the end of this year's AMiA bishops and clergy retreat. One of the things he said was, "Give Silas the authority to rebuke." I do not like to exercise the authority to rebuke. Last time I rebuked someone was three months ago and I recorded that in my blog, may be this one or Discipler123. I still remember the day after I put that on my blog a leader came to me asking me if it was someone in her family. I said no, that was another person. She was relieved. That rebuke works because that person had a repentance and changed the way he was acting.

    So, what I got from Jesus today is for us to think how to exercise the gift to encourage and the authority to rebuke. We can never have an answer because it is not easy to balance. Jesus has been teaching me, reminding me and commanding me to give as much encouragements as I can. But, because of that daily intimate personal relationship with Jesus, He also asked me to rebuke, though it is not very often. Last time it was three months ago.

    How about you? Do you know when to rebuke and when to encourage? Do you know the answer to this question?  

Dear Lord Jesus,
Lead us to know when to rebuke and when to encourage. Help us to know that the answer is always in our daily intimate personal relationship with you. Nothing more and nothing less. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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