1 Thessalonians 5:11 says’ Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
It’s October and it is one of my favorite seasons of the year. Not only does the temperature changes which I love allot, but it starts the season for Thanksgiving, Pumpkins Patches and Hot Apple Cider alone with Christmas which is my favorite holiday of the season. It is hard to believe that last week I actually started wearing my boots along with my winter sweater. The temps have been in the low 60’s during the day and 55 degrees at night. And along with the cool days and nights we have been getting rain every day here on the east coast. Are any of you looking forward to this fall season like I am?
Today’s devotion is about encouraging one another. Often times when we think of encouraging someone we associate it with someone having issues or problems. But that is not what the word says. The bible says we are to encourage one another. How are we to encourage a person? So glad you asked? We are to encourage them in the faith.
Why do we associate uplifting with problems? When we are down and out or having those weird feelings we want someone to encourage us, at least I would hope we do. Rather it be a parent, friend, spouse or stranger we all need to have someone in whom we can lean on. Leaning on a person for support is not a bad thing as many of you might view it to be. When you encourage a person you are literally restoring them in the faith. The first thing we tend to get weak in, is our faith, this is why the scripture tells us to encourage one another; so that we build them up in the word of God.
But for whatever reasons we don’t encourage like the scripture tells us? We are hidden behind our own agenda’s these days. We need to look at scripture seriously when it comes to the word of God. For I do think that often times when we read this verse we assume that we are only to encourage for a brief moment, some of us think that we are to do it but only once. The bible does not give a time frame on encouraging one another, we are to encourage each other no matter what at all times.
Think back to a moment when someone encouraged you? What did it do for you? It gave you hope, and your faith was restored wasn’t it?
I can already hear at least one of you saying to yourself “how much longer do I have to keep encouraging this person?” Well, let me help you with it. When it came to you Jesus never gave up on you so why would you give up on a sister or brother in the Lord?
Have a blessed Sunday and I do hope you make it to church today.