|God Loves You|
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."1 Thessalonians 5:11, NIV.
So many people around us need encouragement. There are those struggling with silent private issues and some who are having desperate times. We have opportunity to do more good than programs and sermons and spending expensive resources, it is simple- it is encouragement. You can do this easily with a cheer them on from the sidelines or you can come along side and bear the weight with them in their struggles.
We have many reasons to encourage one other. We want to encourage others because...
* We share a great salvation.
* The Bible commands us to.
* To be able to encourage is a gift you may have.
* We share God's forgiveness.
* We experience God's grace.
* We share the Gift of the Holy Spirit.
* We have the eternal promises in the word.
* We are part of the blessing of the church.
* Remember the time will come when we ourselves will need encouragement.
The phrase "one another" implies community, it suggest that the Christians are woven into each other's lives. We do not live a life only unto ourselves but as Christians we are part of a living thing called the church. We must be lovingly involved in each other's lives.
We build each other up by reminding each other of God's mercy, purpose and salvation.
* We can share our own experiences.
* We can teach the word.
* We can do acts of service.
* We can reaffirm the positive.
* We can pray together.
* We can commit ourselves to our brothers and sisters who need encouragement.
* We can simply communicate words of encouragement, by a letter, email, or a phone call.
YOU ARE DOING
Paul paid attention to things. He knew his flock, and he knew what was happening in the lives of those who he ministered to. We need to pay attention to our friends and pray for God to show us when and how they need encouragement.
To encourage and build up our brothers and sisters in the Lord is something we must do on purpose. It just doesn't happen on its own; we must be committed to the fellowship of the faith and stand with our brothers and sisters in their struggles.
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(c)Adron Dozat 8/14/12