Does anyone remember our previous HB Bible verse? It’s one of my favorites, and one I thought described us pretty well. Maybe not perfectly, but I think we have always tried to encourage each other.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
I read a biblical description about what encouraging means, not just giving someone a pep talk, or saying nice things to them. Giving encouragement to others means giving support and confidence, and more importantly, helping others (and therefore ourselves too) to develop and mature in the faith. As we encourage other believers we are helping them to develop a stronger relationship with Christ. We are helping them to mature in the faith. Parakaleo, which is the Greek word for encourage means to call to one’s side, admonish, encourage, teach, strengthen, and console.
Proverbs 27:17 says, As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Part of the Christian sibling’s encouragement in development is for us to give or accept godly criticism and hold each other accountable. That is definitely not always easy, but when we’re building strong and loving relationships with each other, it’s easier for the hard edges to be filed without losing our sharpness, and its easier to accept and give advice on overcoming our weaknesses and praise the Lord for our strengths.
Trying to live a Christian life, striving, as the Apostles call it, doesn’t mean we’re perfect, nor does it mean we’re not going to stumble, make mistakes and sometimes even fall flat on our faces, but the more we help each other through those times too, we are able to encourage each other to get up and try again. Mercy. Just like God gives us new mercies every day, a chance to do it again. And it gives us the chance to join with the saints and cheer each other on as we keep in the race.
One of the things I’ve loved about this porch these past Sundays (can’t remember exactly when we started posting each others church messages) is the fellowship, even in the absence of being physically together. Just by listening throughout the day to different pastors, whether they’re one of ours, or other favorites we’ve had through radio or video- knowing that others here are enjoying them too, is such a cool thing to me. We might not be listening to the same one all at the same time, but that we know we’ll eventually hear the same messages is almost as good as being together. And that’s one thing that we’ve done in encouraging growth and relationship with Jesus that we don’t have to be physically together to do.
I’d love this Sunday to hear how you’ve felt about our porch Services as we spend another Sunday together in the Lord.
I hope everyone has a beautiful day!