Real affirmation by Pastor Ed Young

Ed Young Pastor keep things confidential.  Do we have any radio free listeners?  Do you betray a confidence?  Are you able to keep a secret to the grave?  If you have messed up on this one, if you have shared that dirty laundry, go back to the person and say, “I want to speak the truth in love.  I messed up.  I am sorry.  Will you forgive me?  I am going to be a confidential person from this day forward.  You can trust me.”

You see, when we are quick to listen and slow to speak, let me tell you what happens.  The person we are communicating with is affirmed.  It is an affirming thing to know someone is listening to you.  It’s an affirming thing to know someone is slow to speak.   They are intentional and discerning by what they say.  That is real affirmation.

Ed Young Blog said If I could interview three of your closest friends, would they know how you really felt about them?  Are you intentional and discerning about what you say to them?  Think about it.  You might be saying, “Well, I don’t know if they know how I really feel about them.”  Tell them.  Tell them how you feel about them.  They might be surprised and say, “What?  You felt that way about me?  I meant that much to you?”  There is nothing like affirming others.  I can understand why we have a hard time telling people difficult things, but I don’t understand why we cannot affirm others.

Ed Young – You have a legal problem.  Who do you talk to?  An attorney.  A financial problem?  You might see your CPA.  A medical problem?  You are going to go to the doctor.  A problem with the old golf swing?

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