Speak Well of Others
We should all seek to become more “Kingdom-Minded. We should not just focus on our ministry, but embrace, celebrate, and partner with God’s Spirit in our cities, countries, and around the world.
Let’s start by honoring other ministries with our words. As a ministry leader, I am trying to always speak well of other ministries. (I’ve been guilty of speaking poorly about other ministries in the past.)
To speak well of others, it helps that we feel good about them—even those who are different in style than our own. To embrace others, I have to acknowledge:
- My way of doing ministry is not the only way, nor is it the best way.
- My gifts, passions, talents, anointing, calling, context, and call are unique. (So are yours.)
- If everyone did ministry the way I do, we would never reach the whole world.
- I don’t understand why some people do what they do. I don’t have to. I choose to give them the benefit of the doubt.
- I can learn from those who are different from me.
Some good rules:
- Don’t participate in church gossip.
- Don’t talk badly about some pastor you don’t know.
- Don’t talk badly about some pastor you do know.
- Don’t bash churches on blogs. (There are way too many jerks with a computer and an internet connection.)
- Brag on other ministries—especially in your community.
- If you’re going to be guilty, be guilty of speaking well of the body of Christ—rather than being guilty of being divisive.
How are your words helping (or hurting) the body and cause of Christ?