A few nights ago, Stuart called the Night Watch to really make it a goal to speak well of one another. This is a point that I have a lot of energy about. I love having excuses to brag on my friends — to their face, or to others who know them — about what cool people they are. I’m a major word person, and one of the ways I love giving and receiving love is in encouraging words. So I was completely on board with this exhortation.
Tonight in our briefing, Clay talked about how we want to start prophesying to each other more, and it struck me how related these two calls were. Speaking well of each other (of course) does not mean we walk around flattering each other and buttering each other up, looking to inflate each other’s egos. If prophecy is given for “edification and exhortation and comfort” (1Cor 14:3), then the truest and best way to speak well of another person is in a spirit of prophecy. We simply ask God what He thinks of that individual — He has plenty of good things to say about them.
This is challenging me and encouraging in the area of prophecy, specifically. I had never connected the two ideas this clearly before, and I am excited to see where God takes our team in the next few weeks and months.