Friday, 20 July 2012

Encourage Each Other

Hebrews 10:23-25 tells us to encourage each other as we see the day of Jesus Christ’s return and judgment approaching. Why should we encourage each other? We all know that encouragement helps us get through trying situations and tough times. The apostle Paul in Hebrews 3:13 tells the brethren to encourage each other so that we do not become hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
It is much better to build someone up than to tear them down. When we build each other up, everyone wins, including the Body of Christ, which are the members of Christ’s church. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:11. In Hebrews 10:24, Paul encourages us to stir up each another to love and do good works. These words of encouragement shows us how to behave and treat each other, and love each other. Good works count for something in God’s eyes. As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:13, the greatest of the attributes is love. It benefits us to heed the words that Paul wrote to the Corinthians.

One way to encourage the brethren of Christ is to bear each others burdens. Read Galatians 6:2. It is essential for you to have a trusted friend with whom you can talk, reason, cry, and rejoice. Without a trusted friend to confide in and bounce your ideas, life can sometimes be a difficult task to manage.

It is our responsibility to help the brothers and sisters in Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 urges us to encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and to be patient with all mankind. Every moment that we are alive is an opportunity to help others as we see the day approaching of Christ’s return.

Part of encouragement is your own responsibility. Read Romans 12:2. Almighty God Yahweh/Jehovah warns us to not be conformed to this world. Instead you must transform and renew your mind to prove His acceptable will.
One of the best ways to help others is to help ourselves first. Colossians 3:16 teaches us to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly so that we can teach and admonish each another with all wisdom. We must use the wisdom that God gives us through His Son Christ Jesus. Simultaneously, we must have abundant gratitude toward our Creator.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, God's minister Paul says, “Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing” (NASB). Here are some examples of how to encourage each other.
  • Recognize when someone does something good and let them know it.
  • Thank someone. And thank Jehovah. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
  • Volunteer to help a brother or sister, a widow, orphan, or charity. James 1:27.
  • Have a positive attitude. People feel better when they are around positive people.
  • Affirm whether a person is on the right path. People need an advocate to help them at times.
  • Study together as the Body of Christ and get uplifted and educated.
  • Ask questions of someone who knows the answers. It helps both the person who asks and the one who answers or teaches.
  • If you are hurting, tell someone. When a friend knows you are hurt, they can help you and pray for you.
  • Build good communication skills and learn how to effectively communicate with people. Good communication is beneficial whether you are asking for help or giving help to another person. Use your good communication skills to build friendships and fellowship with the brethren.
  • Love suffers long. Be patient with each other. 1 Corinthians 13:1-8.
  • Discuss issues with others to help yourself feel better. Holding stress and anxiety inside is unhealthy.

Friends listen and provide the right amount of input. Proverbs 25:11 (NASB) says, "Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances."
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born to help you with adversity (Proverbs 17:17). Let them help. Use your friends to help you through this life or when you are troubled or suffering. It's what God put us together to help us do. Proverbs 18:24 tells us that a friend sticks closer than a brother. If you have a friend in whom you can trust and confide, consider yourself fortunate.

Friends encourage each other, show love toward each other, and serve one another. 1 Peter 4:8-10 (NASB) says, "Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." Devote your life to God and His Son Jesus Christ as the students and disciples of Christ did in Acts 2:42.
Encourage each other to have hope of the perfectly balanced and evil-free world to come, and the abundant peace that it will bring to everyone’s hearts. As Romans 15:13 (NASB) says, "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Abound in hope of this time to come in your own future. It's a promise if you do the will of God and His Son Jesus Christ.
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