Words of affirmation, one of the languages of love, can draw the best out of people. If that is how you receive love, you tend to use that same love language to affirm others. Positive statements can strengthen you and help you overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. And you know they help others too.
The sabotage comes through mistrust, misunderstandings, and being misjudged. Those missteps, and those negative thoughts, happen when there is a love deficit. An impoverished heart is too weak to give or receive affirmation.
“I am with you always.” Repeat those words. Think about God’s words, and believe them. Give God the biggest affirmation; “It’s all because of you, Jesus.” This is how we grow. This is how we help others to grow. This is how you can make a difference in your world.
“We’re not barging in on the rightful work of others, interfering with their ministries, demanding a place in the sun with them. What we’re hoping for is that as your lives grow in faith, you’ll play a part within our expanding work. And we’ll all still be within the limits God sets as we proclaim the Message in countries beyond Corinth. But we have no intention of moving in on what others have done and taking credit for it. “If you want to claim credit, claim it for God.” What you say about yourself means nothing in God’s work. It’s what God says about you that makes the difference.”
2 Corinthians 10:15-18 MSG