February 6, 2022 Worship Celebration

GIVING AND RECEIVING FEEDBACK 1 Corinthians 4: 1- 21 14 I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children. 20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.…

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GIVING AND RECEIVING FEEDBACK
1 Corinthians 4: 1- 21
14 I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children. 20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?

TAKE AWAY FOR THE WEEK
Proper and timely feedbacks strengthen relationships and promote righteous living.

Factors to consider in giving and receiving feedback

A. The status of the giver and the receiver of the feedback
Paul, Apollos, Peter and all other believers are STEWARDS of God (4:1-5)
The Corinthians look down on Paul (4:6-10)
Paul as the founder suffered much for the church in Corinth (4:11-13)
Paul and all the Corinthians will be judged at the right time (4:5)
– Paul, Apollos, Peter and all other believers are STEWARDS of God (4:1-5)
– The Corinthians look down on Paul (4:6-10)
– Paul as the founder suffered much for the church in Corinth (4:11-13)
– Paul and all the Corinthians will be judged at the right time (4:5)

B.The method of delivery of the feedback
– Paul reaffirms his affectionate relationship with his spiritual children– “not to shame but to warn” ((4:14-15 NLT)
– Invited them to imitate him (4:16)
– Sent Timothy to remind them (4:17-18)

C.The timing of giving and response to the feedback
– ”… Don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time…” (4:5 NLT)
– Paul assured them that he will visit Corinth again in the future – giving them time to live according to their talk (4:20)

APPLICATION
Be a blessing to someone you love by respectful and timely response to his/her actions or comments.

Reflection questions
A. When you receive feedback from family, friends, or business partners, what is your immediate consideration before responding to it?
B.When you are tempted to comment about the things or people around you, what do you do?
C. Recall instances when your mouth ran faster than your brain. What lessons did you learn from those incidents?

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