Encourage Each Other-

Jul 3, 2024 | Encouragement

He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.
Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
2 Thessalonians 1:10-11

 

It was March 3, 2017, my first birthday gathering without our dear brother. I invited our family over on a Sunday. We ate soup together and went to church together. My reasoning was our brother was worshipping with Jesus in heaven, while we worshipped together on earth. We were one is in spirit with the Lord, singing praises to our great God in unison whether alive in heaven or on earth, we were one.

This portion of Scripture reminded me of that time.

What does it bring to mind for you?

The second half of 2 Thessalonians 1:10-11 is a reminder to be an encourager in this life.

There are many gifts God may give us. Being an encourager is useful for God’s purposes in so many ways.

Are you a person who does things quietly behind the scenes to bless others?

Perhaps you bring a meal to a neighbour or take a walk with a hurting friend?

Is mentoring others your goal in assisting those who are hurting?

God may direct you to encourage others through sacrificial giving?

Taking part in mission work abroad is a huge encouragement.

Those who have so much can easily share. There are a myriad of ways to do so!

In my life God has directed me to mentor others. It might be teens, children or adults who are down and hurting. Being part of doing mission work has also been a blessing in my life.

What is God asking of you today?

Are you on the receiving end of encouragement?

The joy of believing and being part of the body of Christ, the Church, means when we are hurting or in need, we accept the encouragement and help of those around us.

We can give, but can we also receive encouragement?

It can be humbling to be on the receiving end of the equation. Pride might hinder us from taking the help offered. A lack of healthy pride might make us dependant upon others in ways we shouldn’t be.

We walk through seasons in life. Sometimes we need encouragement, and other times we give encouragement. One thing is clear: we need to aim to do both.

My parents taught us to encourage others. They had the gift of encouragement with us. God gave them empathy to know how to stand beside others in need.

If this is lacking in our lives, we must ask for grace from God to learn how to give, not just receive.

His grace is sufficient, and He will help us as we depend upon Him in this.

In sharing with a friend the other day, we agreed that often giving the gift of encouragement can transpire quietly, in small ways. When the small gets compounded, over time, it adds up in much service to the Lord.

Regardless of how God leads you in this vital calling to encourage, may you find joy in sharing your good gifts with others along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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