Not to shame, but to admonish (1 Corinthians 4:14)

"I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children." - 1 Corinthians 4:14

And how often are we ashamed when we're admonished? When those who are close to us speak into our lives to build us up and instead we're torn down. Sometimes its their fault, but often it is our own. We see shame where we should see positive constructive criticism.

Life for me as a believer has been hard because I have frequently had to step it up and be the bigger man in situations where I don't want to be. The worst is when someone you have no respect for (even just dislike) speaks truth into your life. By accepting what they say as truth and changing for the better you're openly agreeing with them. And that's hard to do when you dislike them.

I hate how often I've had to do this. But I love that my authority, and my friends frequently speak into my life, not to shame me, but to admonish me. So I may walk closer with the Lord and better build His kingdom.