“G” – give correction carefully. Sometimes people think, “Well, I’ve got to build value and dignity and self-esteem in people’s lives, so everything’s got to be happy and peppy and bursting with love. And if it’s not, then I’m wrong, I’m a sinner, I’m somehow not walking in sync with the Savior.”
That’s a bunch of bunk! We’ve got to speak the tough words many times. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:15, “Speak the truth in love.”
So often, the truth is not easy to swallow is it? The Bible says that Jesus disciplines those he loves. Who does he love? You and me. He disciplines us. He doesn’t punish us. Christ took our punishment on the cross for our sins. But Jesus does discipline those he loves. He disciplines us so we can improve and get better and better and better.
I’ve read one business book, one leadership in my life. I’ve written one, but I’ve only read one, not counting my book of course; I’ve read that one, too. I’ve read a book called “The One Minute Manager” by Ken Blanchard. Have you ever read that before? People are like, “Oh, Ken Blanchard is incredible. He’s revolutionary. “The One Minute Manager” is unreal. It’s off the hook!
All Ken did was plagiarize Scripture. All these business books are just Scripture out of context. They’re ripping off the Bible. The cool thing about Ken Blanchard is that a friend of mine, who was here at our Creative Church Conference, led Ken Blanchard to Christ years ago. Ken’s a believer now. But the book is awesome. I highly, highly recommend it. The book is simply about how to give correction carefully. You affirm the relationship, you spend some time talking to someone as your correcting them. “You’re one of a kind, you’re cool, I love you, blah, blah, blah.” Then you reprimand and then you affirm the relationship again. Ed Young© Copyright 2012admin, All rights Reserved. Written For: Ed Young Pastor