Building Up or Tearing Down
Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 87:1-7 | Nehemiah 5:14 — 7:6 | 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 | Proverbs 21:8-10
Today’s Scripture Focus: Nehemiah 5:14- 7:60
“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you? Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.” (Nehemiah 6:3-4 NIV)
Tearing down is simple. Building up is an art. Anyone can criticize; it takes no great skill to see the problems. It takes a real leader not to be distracted by the words that tear down; to keep to the task despite criticism.
The world is filled with critics (so is the church–when will we realize that there is no “gift of criticism” listed in scripture?). They are good at seeing the obvious, and get…
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