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Here's a thought, a quote, and a resource I wanted to share with you this Thursday.

Believe it or not, there was a time that I thought my marriage would be strengthened by criticism. If I didn’t tell my wife her faults, who would?

You can imagine how well my approach worked.

We’re changed not by those who criticize us but by those who love us.

Of course, part of loving others well is having honest conversations. But until someone knows we’re for them, it’s hard for them to listen to us.

The same applies in all relationships, including pastoring. Love always comes first. Others are most powerfully influenced by us when they know we love them and are for them.

“A pastor should not complain about his congregation, certainly never to other people, but also not to God. A congregation has not been entrusted to him in order that he should become its accuser before God and men.”

(Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Crossway has released a free audio version of Dustin Benge’s book Why Should We Love the Local Church? It’s a short, encouraging book.
Thanks for reading!

Darryl Dash
author of 8 Habits for Growth and How to Grow