A small flame

A small flame

touching others with encouragement

I said in my last post that we ought to intentionally encourage others because that is what our God does. Oh how I long to be like my Father! A second reason that the ministry of encouragement should be important to us is that we have been adopted into a family - the family of God {see Romans 8} - and we have a love-responsibility to the members of that family.

Dr. Jeremiah writes:

'It's striking how many times the New Testament Scriptures tell us what we are supposed to be doing for one another and to one another. We are to instruct and teach one another, admonish one another, stimulate one another, build up one another, pray for one another, carry burdens for one another, confess our sins to one another, submit to one another, help one another physically and materially, and encourage one another. We need to learn how to practice the "one another-ness" of the Christian life.' pp46

Consider these verses:

1 Thessalonians 5: 11Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing...
14And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted help the weak, be patient with them all.

Hebrews 10: 24And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities,25Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching. {Amplified Bible}

As an adopted daughter of God and a sister to his firstborn Son, Jesus, I have been plucked from complete hopelessness and made a part of the forever-family He is building from people of every tribe, tongue and nation. When I look at His Word, I see that I have a responsibility to this family to do more than just show up for turkey dinner at Christmas (or for church on Sunday morning). I am expected - commanded - to pour encouragement into the lives of those around me.

thoughts from Acts of Love - the Power of Encouragement by David Jeremiah

{read the rest of this series here}

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