“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
My new blog friend, Sammie, wrote something that truly made me think yesterday. I’ve only met Sammie through the blog reading we share. She wrote to encourage me to write and said she was reading my blog to “look for support in the Body, as much as I look to support when I can. We are called to lift each other up daily. Sounds crazy doesn’t it, yet He said it over and over in His Word…” You lend great support, Sammie, with kind words.
I’ve heard it said to be Christ to one another. I like that whole concept. I know when I have seen Christ in others, in an encouraging word or an unexpected blessing. Sometimes, I see Christ in others in the form of a need. Theirs or mine, either way, I feel called to respond. It’s tough out there in this worldly world we live in, so let us not grow weary of doing good. Christ knew how much we would need it in difficult times, so He provides for us through one another. If you are reading this, you have blessed me to know I am not just writing into cyberspace but to an actual person, and if I have encouraged you in some way, again you have blessed me. Win-win, and always a sweet victory. Goodness knows we all need a little more good in the world.
1 Thessalonians 2:7 is one of my favorite verses: “but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.” Think about how we could increase the kingdom, just by supporting each other like you and I have just done. I work with 7th and 8th grade girls at my church. All they want is love and encouragement. I think thats why he says come like a child. Thanks