Do You Admonish, Counsel and Instruct?
“Personally I am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you yourselves are rich in goodness, amply filled with all [spiritual] knowledge and competent to admonish and counsel and instruct one another also.” (Romans 15:14, AMP)
The life of a mature Christian includes some basic responsibilities. Paul addresses them and says you must be: (1) rich in goodness and amply filled with spiritual knowledge; and (2) competent in your ability to admonish, counsel and instruct others in the ways of righteousness. Looking around at the Body of Christ, it seems there are few Christians who are carrying out these duties. It is mostly due to a lack of knowledge of God’s Word, lack of skill and ability, and lack of character. Why is that? One reason is because many churches fail to adequately teach God’s Word, resulting in many Christians who are biblically illiterate. They spend time reading the newspaper but fail to pick up God’s Word to study and meditate. To become a mature Christian, you must have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, know the voice of the Holy Spirit, be obedient to His voice, and walk in love. You must refuse to let offense take you out of relationship with others, especially other Christians. You must accept the assignment to admonish, counsel and instruct others; and learn to speak the truth in love at all times. Recognize that God will use you to build others up and encourage them.
God uses me to speak truth into the lives of others, both in my work and my personal life. He has called me to a higher standard of boldness in all I do and say. While I don’t always trust my ability to do it well, I do trust the Holy Spirit to speak through me and use me.
Child of God, are you watching a Brother or Sister in Christ struggle, stumble and fall? Even worse, are you judging them, yet taking no action to help them? If so, I urge you to pray for them and ask God what He wants you to do. Let God use you as an instrument for His purpose and glory to admonish, counsel and instruct.
Father, thank You for giving me a hunger and thirst for Your Word and for righteousness, that I may be a source of light and truth. Holy Spirit, I commit to respond to Your call and to act in boldness as Your chosen instrument, to assist others in their walk with You. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.