Welcome to the mini course nine ways to build others up. Today we're gonna talk about taking this one step further. Become a recognizer of positive traits. We talked about that last time, and accomplishments. And here's the added in open doors for others, point out people's good traits to others behind their backs and in front of them. Interactions ingredients are important. Proverbs 27:2, let others praise you, and not your own mouth, someone else and not your own lips. So you're in the discipline of seeing the positive traits and attributes and you see them you notice them, you share those positive traits with people in the relationships you have with them. But then, to take that one step further. So that discipline of positive regard to see others as creations of God, that discipline gets applied to others. Let's go back to the slide in look at this one more time. open doors for others. What does that mean? Well, yes, open doors. Okay, husbands, open the door for your wife open the door of a home. When you see others, be the one that runs ahead and opens the door. Do you know what you say by opening the door for others in a very physical and tangible way. You say, I lift you up, okay? Now let's take that, not only as physically opening the doors for others, but also in a metaphor or in a relational way of opening the doors for others. When you do that, it is powerful. Now, I like to golf, and I've been in various golf associations and leagues and clubs. And it's fascinating to me, that there are some people who will not open the door for anybody else. And then there are others like Barnabas, who are just opening the doors for others in the difference. Those who are opening the doors for others, they even become more encouragement, they become more critical and crucial, and people will want to be around them because they understand that trade of opening the doors for others. Let's go back again to that slide. Point out people's good trades behind their backs, and in front of them. You know what most people do? They talk negatively about others behind their backs it's true. And many Christians do. And maybe you do too. And you feel you have good reason. And maybe you believe it's because you're being instructive for those in your life. But be those who when someone's not in the room be the one that stands up for them and in front of them as well. You know what's Two Faced is when someone talks negatively about them behind their back and then they talk flattery in front of them. That bifurcation that split personality will not serve ministry. Well, and ultimately, if that is you in ministry, this will hurt your ministry. I want to go back to the slide one smore time. introductions, and greetings are opportunities, you noticed says let others praise you not out of your own mouth, someone else not of your own lips. You have a beautiful opportunity to be that person who in introductions. So when you introduce someone, you say, Hi, this is George. When George first met me. He encouraged me. He smiled at me and he's still smiling today. George goes to my church. George, I want you to meet Sam. So notice that as opposed to something like Hi, this is George he's a good guy. Now that's better than this is George he's a bad guy. But you got the point. It's this positive introductions and
greetings. And when you meet someone to a lot of times, if there's something positive from your past relationship with them is bring up. Hey, George, how you doing? Hey, that was fun golfing with you last week. Those are opportunities to create an environment of encouragement. So not only become a recognizer of someone's positive traits, but include others, build a culture of recognition so that whoever you meet as a minister, people know this is a Barnabas that has walked in the room, the very guy who could lift up the Apostle Paul is in the room today, and that will change people's lives forever.