Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Difference Between Being Helpful, and Unhelpful

As Christians, we are told all throughout the Bible that we are to teach to everyone because everyone makes mistakes. And we should. We should also make sure that we're not in the wrong too though of course, as mentioned in Matthew 7:3, but in trying to be helpful, sometimes we can actually be unhelpful. In Proverbs 15:1 it says, "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Sometimes, it is very easy when we are studying with or teaching someone to forget that you are teaching them because you already know what you're teaching, and they don't. You have to remember to have patience when helping someone, because they may not always see how it's helping at first.

Think about it this way, would you be more willing to clean your room if your parents asked you to, or if the first time they asked you they started yelling at you and making you feel bad about how messy it is? Well, I don't know about you, but I'd much rather clean my room if my parents just asked me to. I would be much more willing to. The same goes when you're teaching. If you just tell the person you're teaching how wrong they are, then they won't be very willing to listen to you. This is why we have to have patience. Because if you speak harshly toward someone and try to make them feel bad, then they'll just get angry and not listen. So please remember, next time you talk to someone about the Bible, or anything really, to be patient because you had to learn, and still have to learn as well. Thank you for reading. :)