Be honest with people when you are giving them encouragement and advice. Let them know whether or not you are speaking from experience or if you’ll just giving your best guess.
There are times when giving your best guess is all you can do. Your best guess can be based on Scripture, study, experience in other areas that could possibly relate, etc. But nevertheless, your best guess should be offered with great humility, for truth is you don’t really know what you’re talking about, you have not experienced what they are going through-don’t pretend you do.
But oh the power of giving advice and encouragement when you have gone through the same thing.
A man who has fallen badly in the race of life cares little about your shiny trophies or your academic talk on how to win in life; but the moment you have the humility to kneel down beside him and show him the scars from your own fall and share how you managed to get up and live to run another day…that, dear friend, is soul food; that is the kind of encouragement that breathes life into a fallen comrade.
- The ONE THING for today: Be a humble encourager to someone who is hurting today, especially if you know of that which you speak.
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Hebrews 4:15 (NKJV)