Preaching the Gospel, Preparing a People
Too much criticism can be emotional abuse. We all knows how that feels. It can make the other person feel incompetent or a failure, and cause them to be despondent enough, to think, "I can't win for losing", and all energy depleted, and give up. People go to their graves, with the emotional hurts of times past.
There is a scripture, about in the last days, the fellow servants will beat another up. That is mainly with words.
This article is correct. Even if we feel like saying something, it may not be best spiritually for the other person.
Encouragement gives a person, the "I Can Do! attitude. Gives them more energy to keep trying and plugging along. It sparks their energy; and a better outcome. It helps them to believe in themselves. We are commanded to edify one another. We are also told to exhort one another; which means ENCOURAGE.
I believe that prayers from around the world made a difference in the boys survival. Wherever the prayers came from. Especially when you seen the perfect timing, as the last one left the cave alive.
I have heard a statement, that I don't agree with. “That God doesn't answer the prayers of worldly people.”
It depends upon the heart of the person, and the situation.
At one time, pre-conversion, Christians were part of the world, or in darkness. As we became into the light, ourselves, and as each baby step in our prayers and our spiritual journey.
Our first prayers, were in darkness too. Or we were seeing and understanding the Bible dimly.
There are many examples where God has intervened in the lives of those not of the Christian faith.
Such as Wars. God sent clouds where the enemy could not see, and thwarted the killing of many.
In the second resurrection, some of these non Christians, will recollect back at times, when God intervened. Many times miracles are to help the unbelievers understand more.
When I was 12, I was baptized in a mainstream Sunday keeping church. I was coerced by a teen friend of mine. She used fear; “what if you died during the night.” It was not my idea, nor did I volunteer on my own, to be baptized at that time of my life.
When I was 18-19, I mulled around in my mind the subject of really being baptized; into a church that more closely matched the teachings of the Bible, such as the Sabbath and the holy days.
I went through a process of elimination, in deciding which church.
Before baptism, I felt a “brick wall” in fully understanding and growth. After baptism, I didn't have that feeling anymore. God's Spirit living in us, inspires better understanding and growth.
There are two stages that we are created in the image of God. 1. Physical and 2. Spiritual creation. The physical is overnight birth. Whereas the creation of us spiritually is a lifetime process in incremental stages. The greatest growth spurts after a trial, gives me more faith and empathy.
If we are waiting for a dramatic event like Apostle Paul. It normally doesn't happen to the rest of us. It is a sincere and serious prayerful and meditative process.
Some people go to their graves, as a result of hearing hurtful words as a child. Destroying self esteem, destroys the "I can do!" confidence.
Balance is key, as we all need correction. Give the correction the way that we would like to be treated...do the role reversal.
I notice that sometimes, those that can dish out the yelling and emotional pain, can't take it. We don't feel the "stones" that we throw at others, but we sure feel the "stones" thrown at us.
We all need to pray for His Spirit to keep us balanced.