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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Loving and Encouraging Others"

Date published: 07/02/2011

Hebrews 3:13 “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.” NIV

God may place you amidst Christians in a church, small group, associations, friendships, work associates, and committed relationships.  This verse gives you a greater sense of direction in how you live your life with the Christians around you.  God gave you a broader purpose than just caring for yourself and pursuing the ministry He gave you.  God also wants you to encourage others in the race He has given them.  Allow your life to an instrument of God’s grace in encouraging other Christians in their daily lives.  Satan, the world, and your human frailties make you vulnerable to sin.  Encouragement, prayer, and the example of fellow Christians will help you escape the snares of sin and experience a greater measure of God’s abundance, while being more fully used by God.  Reflect a moment on the life of Paul in Acts 20: 1 “When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said good-by and set out for Macedonia.  2 He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, 7 On the first day of the week we came together to break bread.  18 You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia.  19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews.  20 You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.  22 And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.  23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.  24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.  35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus Himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive."  36 When he had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed.  37 They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. 38 What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again.  Then they accompanied him to the ship.” NIV

Paul’s passion and love for other believers consumed his life and affected those with whom he interacted.  Let us go forth in our walk in Christ and encourage one another daily.