Everyone needs encouragement to keep going on their journey with God. Think about how much it helps you when someone shows you kindness and goes out of their way to build you up. One of the letters to the early church in the New Testament concludes by giving some timeless and practical reminders that we are in this together and can spur one another along.
1 Thessalonians 5:11-15 says,
“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.
Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.
See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.”
Questions to consider:
Who are some people (in leadership roles or who need extra care) that I can treat with respect, love and patience?
What would it look like to express that?
Is there one action from the list in today’s Scripture that I need to practice today?
An action step to take:
Send a note of encouragement to someone who has come to your mind. Let them know that you see them and express genuine gratitude for who they are.
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