The last four weeks the theme has been LOVE ONE ANOTHER. All the other “one another” commands are embedded in the foundation of God’s love in Christ for us. “Love one another as I(Christ) have loved you.”
Today begins our focus on “Encourage One Another.” Throughout the Bible we see instructions to encourage one another and verses that are meant to encourage us. Here is just one of many: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11. Why is encouragement emphasized in the Bible? It is mainly because encouragement is necessary to our walk of faith both personally and corporately as a church.
In the coming weeks, we will be looking at this important command; what the Scriptures teach us and how to apply it to our lives.
I came across an acrostic which I want to share with you below. I found it very helpful practically, as I evaluate myself with how well I actually encourage others. My tendency is to speak before thinking, especially with my family. Then it is too late. The damage is done. The guilt sets in. Oh, the “coulda, shoulda, woulda’s” in life with my tongue! Can you relate?
We are to build up, not tear down; to encourage not criticize; to speak the truth in love, not to speak the truth in hate(tone and manner)
So I want to challenge us with this acrostic as we begin this month’s journey of “encouraging one another.
1. List the key people in your life; ie., family, lifegroup.
2. With this acrostic tool-journal, evaluate, and pray with how you are encouraging your key people.
We are in this challenge together, I will let you how I am getting on. Let someone else know how YOU are getting on too!
Praying 1 Thessalonians 5:11 over us all this week,