Who Could Use Your Encouragement Today?
By Rick Warren
— April 17, 2011
So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another. Romans 14:19 (HCSB)
"Is there someone who could use your encouragement today? Don't wait until later! Encourage them now."
As Pastor Rick prepares us for the Decade of Destiny, remember to support those around you who are preparing too.
- God wants us to build one another up -- The word support literally means to increase one another’s potential. It carries the idea of strengthening one another, to make one another more able to face the challenges of living for Christ. “We are in this fight together” (Philippians 1:30 NLT). We cannot afford to lose anyone. To succeed, you need the strength supplied by the Body of Christ, just as they need you.
- God wants us to stand along side one another -- “Encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 11:25, NIV). God does this for us. He “supports us in every hardship, so that we are able to come to the support of others, in every hardship of theirs because of the encouragement that we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:14). We’re created to stand along side one another.
- God wants us be patient with one another -- When we support one another, we express unconditional love. Even after we grow close enough to each other to learn one another’s quirks and annoying little habits, we will stick by each other’s side. “With all humility and gentleness, and with patience, support each other in love” (Ephesians 4:2 NJB).
Is there someone who could use your encouragement today? Don’t wait until later! Encourage them now.
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