Bringing Out the Best in Others

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

 

Three key principles for bringing out the best in others…

 

  1.  Accept them for who they are.

 

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

 

  1. Place your trust in them.

 

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? Luke 16:10-12

 

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21

 

  1. Expect great things from them.

 

God hasn’t invited us into a disorderly, unkempt life but into something holy and beautiful—as beautiful on the inside as the outside. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 (The Message)

Now What?

“There is no one righteous, not even one… All have turned away… there is no one who does good, not even one.” Romans 3:10-12

 

God understands parental pain. 

 

Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth! For the Lord has spoken: “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its master, the donkey its owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Isaiah 1:2-3

 

Prodigal trait #1: They generally become increasingly self-centered

Prodigal trait #2: They think that they know all the answers.

Prodigal trait #3: They demand immediate gratification.

 

How do we reach our prodigals?

 

  1. Unwavering prayer.

 

…we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way… Colossians 1:9-10

 

Pray that they’ll have the right friends.  (Proverbs 1:10-15)

Pray that they will get caught if guilty. (Psalm 119:71)

Pray that God will do whatever it takes

 

  1. Unending patience.

 

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

 

  1. Unconditional love.

 

So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20

 

So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Isaiah 30:18 (NLT)