1. People are insecure. Give them confidence.
Key Principle: Hurting people hurt people. Secure people offer security to people.
Let us encourage one another (Heb. 10:25NIV)
2. People like to feel special. Honor them.
Key Principle: To deal with yourself, use your head. To deal with others, use your heart.
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another. (Rom. 12:10 NKJV)
3. People look for a better tomorrow. Give them hope.
Key Principle: The key to today is a belief in tomorrow.
Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! . . . Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. (Lam. 3:21–23 NLT)
4. People need to be understood. Listen to them.
Key Principle: To connect with others, understand the “keys” to their heart.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. (Rom. 12:15NKJV)
5. When people lack direction. Navigate for them.
Key Principle: Most people can steer the ship; a good neighbor helps chart the course.
Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. James 5:19-20 (KJV)
6. People are needy. Speak to their needs.
Key Principle: People must be ministered to before they can minister.
Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (Phil. 2:4 NKJV)
7. People get emotionally low. Encourage them.
Key Principle: What gets rewarded is what gets done.
. . . put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another. (Col. 3:12–13a NKJV)
8. People want to succeed. Help them win.
Key Principle: Reach out and help others achieve their goals.
Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. (Eccles. 4:9–10a NKJV)
9. People desire relationships. Provide community.
Key Principle: Practice the 101 percent Principle with people: Find the 1 percent you have in common with someone, and give it 100 percent of your attention.
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. (1 Cor. 12:26 NKJV)
God’s word is all about community! Those “called out” to be His chosen “group.” We were never intended to take the Apostolic journey along. The N.T. teaches us “we are members of one another.” The word “saint” in the singular form, does not appear once in the N.T. The word “saints” (in the plural form) appears 61 times!!
10. People seek models to follow. Be an example.
Key Principle: People do what people see.
And you should follow my example, just as I follow the example of Christ. (1 Cor. 11:1 NLT)