Sunday, January 23, 2011

Be Encouraged to Encourage

My guess is that you probably are taking part in a church gathering today.  My encouragement to you is to encourage someone else.

Life is difficult.  We all have struggles.  Day-to-day functioning can sometimes be simply lousy.  There are the sins we fight but seem to give in to nonetheless.  Many of us have family members, co-workers, and/or friends who are causing us stress.  The list goes on.

Almost all of us could benefit from encouragement.  This is a different kind of encouragement than the world gives.  The world basically provides a pep-talk, Dr. Phil, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps kind of encouragement.  The reality is that this is not encouraging at all.

We followers of Jesus encourage one another in Christ.  We can't do anything on our own.  But through the grace of God, we can live in such a way that is fulfilling to us and God-honoring at the same time.  God gives us all we need to live in the joy of Christ, through the power of Christ, and for the glory of Christ.

Encouragement is not automatic.  We must actively do it.  So let's do it.

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