Don’t Criticise

As we conclude our week of prayer, we focus on the theme of 'working together'. Far from his home in Egyptian Alexandria, Apollos was preaching about Jesus in Ephesus. Apollos was a learned man, but he didn't have the whole story. He needed someone to come alongside and help him understand the gospel more completely. 


Scripture said Priscilla and Aquila heard Apollos speaking in the local synagogue and invited him to their home. They chose a wise mentoring approach with Apollos. Rather than correcting him in public or openly challenging his teaching, they fostered a relationship with him in the context of loving fellowship. They guided Apollos by clearly explaining God's Word to him. 


Today, we can learn from Priscilla and Aquila. The couple did not just go home and criticise the ­preacher. They did not tell their neighbours how Apollos was getting things wrong. Rather, they went to him directly and invested in him, reaching out in love, and gaining a friend and colleague in ministry. He learned from Priscilla and Aquila, and went on to preach with great vigour. He was corrected in a way that encouraged and strengthened him for effective ministry. 


Let's Reflect 

How would our communities be if we guided others in more loving fellowship? Choose to come alongside and invest in people's lives! 


[Apollos] began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately. (Acts 18:26).



Let's Pray 

Yahweh, give us compassion for one another so that we can speak the truth in love. May we offer correction in encouraging ways. Father, Help us to invest in one another and care enough to correct in love. In Jesus' Name, Amen. 


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