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An Encouraging Spirit

Hebrews 10:25

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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I want to write today about a subject that is essential. I think it is essential that we encourage one another – especially during this pandemic.

The Bible tells us in today’s passage in Hebrews 10:25 – Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching. I think the day is fast approaching. We need one another. We need Jesus. We need to encourage one another. We need to be in the daily business of encouraging one another. Let’s try and see how we are blessed by it and one another.

It is so easy to be critical. Tearing down doesn’t build up the Body of Christ. We do not ignore that which needs attention or correction – but we do so in love and as much as possible through encouragement. We can correct and even rebuke as Scripture says through love. But – often – we fail to praise and encourage. It is easy to see and report and have an opinion about what we dislike. How about what we see going well?

Hebrews 3:13 says – encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We cannot let ourselves get stuck in the past or in discouragement. We need to move forward with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit.

Discouragement and a critical spirit are not the workings of God – but rather they are sin and the work of Satan. I pray that we can be a people of joy and love and encouragement, even in our correcting.

Encourage someone today! I have recently challenged myself to be more encouraging of the volunteers that work in the various ministries of our church. We can all model this approach and bless someone with an encouragement.

Let me begin by saying the folks that gather each evening during our 7 pm check-ins and studies are as major encouragement to me. I feel the Spirit during these times and – although I’d rather see people face-to-face – it is good to see them or hear them on Zoom.

As the days unfold before us – let us seek His face and desire His grace together. I also want to acknowledge our Trustees. They have been busy – during this time of quarantine – keeping the building in good shape – even improving it. They had tackled needed repairs and have cleaned the facility from top to bottom.

I also want to thank Pastor Trevor – Jeanette – Jakki – Mary – Myriam – Eddie and Dave for their support with the recording of our worship services each Sunday during the pandemic.

How about encouraging someone today! Give encouragement – even more readily than we do criticism. It might just change the way we feel! An encouraging spirit is so much more like Christ than a critical one.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way!

April 29, 2020 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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