How to Give and Receive Advice?

Posted by Joseph Lutz on OP2er @ 2:37 PM

Many people are happy to give us advice , but they may not always give us the best advice.  Their advice may be based on what they want us to do rather than what's best for us.  That's the situation we find in Acts 21.  Paul was on his way to Jerusalem.  It's clear to everyone that it will be a dangerous trip, Paul might be arrested or even killed.  So Paul's friends give him advice: don't go to Jerusalem.  The problem is, Paul knows that it's God's will that he go to Jerusalem and that there he will have to suffer for the gospel.

The point is, the best advice for our lives is advice that conforms to God's will.  So the question becomes, "Who do we go to for advice that would most likely be God's will for our lives?"  "When we receive advice, how do we discern if that advice is in fact God's will?"  "How do we know what the best advice is?"

There will also be times when people will come to us for advice.  How do we give advice that is the best advice is for the person we're talking with?  Do we know if we're suggesting something that is God's will for their life?"  As a pastor, people come to me all the time asking me advice about spiritual matters, marriage and family concerns, financial issues along with many other concerns.  How can I steer them in the right direction?

These are all issues we'll be wrestling with this Sunday in worship as we learn about "How to Give and Receive Advice?"  We'd love to have you join us for worship.  Traditional Worship is at 9;00 a.m. and Contemporary Worship is at 10:45 a.m.

 

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