Friend, I have a brief post today. For you. About you. And for your family and friends.
It’s about encouragement.
You see, I pray for you. Yes, you, the very person reading this blog. I may or may not know you personally, but I pray for you. I pray that you would be blessed, encouraged, strengthened, and healed by God. That you would trust in the Maker of heaven and earth. That you would come to know Him better and better. That you would love God and His people more and more.
Friend, I am but a mere walking bit of carbon. That’s it. I’m just me. Nobody and nothing special. That is, apart from God. But WITH God, I am beloved. Forgiven. Redeemed. And so are you, my friend. So are you.
Sometimes a friend or colleague approaches me and asks me a question about the Bible or the Christian life or asks my advice about some perplexing situation. It is an honor to give God glory, honor, and praise through my answers and advice. Do I know it all? Heavens, no. There are times I have to look up the matter in the holy scriptures in order to be able to answer or advise. Sometimes the very subject matter about which my friend needs more information was the highlight of one of these JCC blog posts, so I forward the link for her to read. Not because I wrote it. Not because I care about recognition. No, not at all. I do it to love her. To edify her. To encourage her. In Jesus Christ.
Friend, I’m guessing that sometimes your family members or friends similarly approach you. You can be such an encouragement to them. Love them. Edify them. Encourage them. In Jesus Christ. After all, because we know, love, and live for Jesus Christ, we should already be encouraging others, just as 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says in the Berean Study Bible: “Therefore encourage and build one another up, just as you are already doing.”
April 30, 2017
Encouragement. Pass it on.