How do I motivate people to do what’s right?

It can be very frustrating when people you care about are not living according to the Lord’s guidance in all areas of life. Sometimes, our first temptation is to grab them by the collar and try to knock some sense into them. It can be easy to really ride someone hard about their wrong doings, but is that always the best way to motivate people to do what’s right? The Corinthians were not fully devoting themselves to God’s rule and here’s how Paul motivated them:

 “I do not speak to condemn you, for I have said before that you are in our hearts to die together and to live together. Great is my confidence in you; great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort; I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction.” (2 Corinthians 7:3–4)  

While Paul could have severely rebuked them for allowing false teachers to influence them, he didn’t do it. He was more interested in encouraging them to do what’s right. Paul was so confident that he told them He knew they’d do the right thing. That’s often how God wants us to go about correcting a sinful person; by expressing our full faith that they will do the right thing. This is what is all about


Posted on November 14, 2012, in Putting On The New Self. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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