Thought and Prayer for Saturday, April 20, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
FRIENDS DON’T JUDGE
Although a lot of times our friends mean well when they give us advice, sometimes they appear to be judgmental about their advice. We have to be careful about how we receive and give advice. It is so hard to receive advice from others but it is easy to give. We seem to think we know more about the situation than we really do. We need to be extremely careful when we give advice to others so that we are sure we are not being judgmental and we are sure that the advice we give is in line with God’s word.
Job 19:28-29 “How dare you go on persecuting me, saying, ‘It’s his own fault’? You should fear punishment yourselves, for your attitude deserves punishment. Then you will know that there is indeed a judgment.” (NLT)
Dear Lord, help us as we both give and receive advice. We have to be so careful about both. Our friends mean well when they give advice so help us receive and understand that it is You who knows the whole situation. Help us as we give advice so we are not judgmental and we are not giving advice that is not in line with Your will. Help us to be friends who don’t judge but are understanding, caring and loving. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Advice is sometimes hard to give and receive so we need to be sure we are, first and foremost, doing God’s will when we give and receive it.
God wants us to be advisors to others but we have to be sure we aren’t coming across judgmental when we do.
Knowing how to give advice to others means digging deeper into God’s word and looking for ways to help them rather than judge them.
When we stop and look at the fact that no one is perfect, we can be more careful with the advice we give.
We need to know more about the situation, the people involved and really understand God’s word before we can give the advice God wants us to give.
Proverbs 20:5 “Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out.” (NLT)