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Romans – Wed – 22-03-02

Have you ever sat down to write an encouraging note to a friend? It may take some thought, but most of us can write an encouraging note. But what would you write to encourage people you have never met? The apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Christians in Rome. Although he had worked with and knew some of the Christians there, most were strangers. Yet he said this in Romans 15:14, “I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.” (NIV)

Think about those words – “full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct.” He said this at the end of the book in which he had to instruct and correct the church. They were condemning each other over dietary rules and other things. In fact, in the next verse, Paul admitted, “I have written you quite boldly on some points, as if to remind you of them again.” (Romans 15:15 NIV)

We learn something about encouraging others by seeing what Paul did here. He gave them the benefit of the doubt. He complimented their character, knowledge and ability, seeing the positive even though he had taught and corrected them. Note also that giving them the benefit of the doubt in this case wasn’t Paul being unsure. He was convinced about their character, knowledge and ability. We also need to encourage others by communicating we are convinced about their positive traits.

Fruit of Goodness – Sat – 21-07-03

What does it take to be a good teacher? My wife used to work for a school district that had an annual awards banquet. They would recognize the outstanding teachers and staff for the school year. How did they select the recipients? They were nominated. Then a written description of how the person met the qualifications was produced.  These essays were submitted to a committee. Then the committee reviewed the written nominations and selected the recipients.  I’m sure other school districts also do similar things.

So, what is a good teacher? Good teachers always know their subject matter and are competent in instructional techniques. Their students learn the subject matter. But most teachers do this. Truly excellent teachers also care about students and build good relationships with other staff and parents. They often go above and beyond the minimum requirements of the job, because they care.

This reminds me of Romans 15:14. In the verse, Paul is convinced the Romans are able to instruct each other. Why? Because they have something all good teachers have – goodness. They possess moral excellence. Their relationships are beneficial to others, not irritating or abusive. Here’s how Paul said it, ” I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.”(NIV)

The Lord’s Spirit works to produce moral excellence in us. Today, follow his lead to be good.

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