“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus.”
1 Corinthians 1:4-9
During a recent study, 200,000 employees were interviewed to discover the missing ingredient in their productivity. The study concluded that appreciation and affirmation topped the list of what they wanted most from their leaders. This research reminds us that affirmation is a basic human need.
The apostle Paul seemed to realize this basic need in the Corinthian believers, so before he peppered them with firm words of discipline, he gave them affirmation. As their spiritual leader, Paul began his letter with thanksgiving to God for the grace being displayed in their lives.
The new believers were now participating in His grace through the death and resurrection of Christ. United with Jesus, they were drawing their spiritual life from Him, and spiritual growth. (1 Cor. 1:4-7). Paul deliberately and continually thanked God for His work in the Corinthian believers’ lives. I imagine that they were better able to handle criticism from Paul because of his tender affirmation.
When we see people who are obeying God, let’s take time to affirm them and to thank God for what He’s doing through them. Let’s take time to affirm and encourage our coworkers, family and especially our children as gifts from God.
How can you follow Paul's example?
What positive words would you use to describe each person in your family?
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