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THE POWER OF AFFIRMATION - All Our Daily Bread Daily Devotionals for 2022

THE POWER OF AFFIRMATION details logo Our Daily Bread - Thursday, September 10, 2015
by RBC Ministries
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THE POWER OF AFFIRMATION

READ:
1 Corinthians 1:4-9


I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which is given to you by Christ Jesus
-1 Corinthians 1:4

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Proverb 8-9
2 Corinthians 3

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 superiors. This research implies that receiving affirmation is a basic human need.
The Apostle Paul seemed to realise this basic need in the Corinthian believers, so before he peppered them with firm word of discipline, he showered them with affirmation. As their spiritual leader, Paul began his letter with thanksgiving to God for the grace being displayed in their lives.
Once far from God, these 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 the fruit of this union was their spiritual growth in godliness (1 Corinthians 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 bear firm 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. - Marvin Williams.
Lord you are at work in so many ways in my life and in the people around me. Help me to encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ by telling them how I am blessed to see Your work in them.

Praise loudly - correct softly.





 

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