And don’t you remember that even though taking in a sick guest was most troublesome for you, you chose to treat me as well as you would have treated an angel of God—as well as you would have treated Jesus himself if he had visited you? What has happened to the satisfaction you felt at that time? There were some of you then who, if possible, would have given your very eyes to me—that is how deeply you cared! And now have I suddenly become your enemy simply by telling you the truth? I can’t believe it. (Galatians 4:14-16 MSG)
Emily Heaphy and Marcial Losada’s research concluded that you should compliment your peers, employees, and children six times before you criticize them once. Otherwise, your comments for improvement may lead to resentment. Of course, we know people who are so sensitive that any critique will offend them.
I’m sure Paul praised the Galatians. And he taught them about Jesus. They didn’t turn their backs on Jesus like many who need to prove they’re strong enough to conquer life alone. But when Jewish Christians offered them a way to save themselves by following Jewish laws and not disregarding Jesus, they embraced it.
Are your relationships lacking in depth because you want to control them? 1 Peter 5:6 conveys that we should be humble under God’s powerful hand. Losing control will make you happier.
Father, I praise you for taking my cares and problems. Assist me to give you control because I know in my heart that your ways are better than mine and you know what’s best for me. Nudge me when I attempt to control others instead of giving them love and respect. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.