This week we have a great blog post from Debbie Reeves. Inspired by the Apostle Paul, its a really timely and helpful read for moments like this. We hope this blesses you!
"I have been reminded again and again over the past few months how vitally important it is that we encourage one another. Paul wrote to the Colossians saying:
‘My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.’ Colossians 2:2-3
It strikes me that if Paul’s goal for a church is to be encouraged in heart and united in love that we, as a fellowship and individuals should have the same goal. Because of what is happening at this present time it is so easy to become disconnected and disheartened- disconnected from our brothers and sisters in Christ, and from Jesus the author and perfector of our faith.
Disheartened because the problems facing us seem insurmountable at times. I have heard many times, from many people ‘I can’t see an end to this’.
I have noticed something amazing when I have tried to put ‘encouraging others’ into practice. Both of us end up encouraged, both my friends faith and mine is strengthened and love increases- for Jesus and the other person. I love the other person more because I join their battle, and I understand my sister in Christ a little better. I love Jesus more because I witness His grace and love at work in them.
The benefits of us all being encouraged in heart and united in love are astounding. Paul says we will have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that we know Christ in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
As we reach out to encourage one another we will become more united in love because we will understand each other and even more importantly we can pray for one another. After a week of feeling disheartened myself I finally admitted to a Christian friend that I was struggling, we just talked about the Lord, and what He has done for us over the years. That night I thanked Father for giving me such a wonderful sister in Christ - I slept soundly for the first time in a week!
To reiterate -Paul says the outcome of us being encouraged in heart and united in love is that we will know Christ! So, I say... Do something amazing today and encourage your brother or sister in Christ! We should be reminding each other of our Saviours love, grace and faithfulness."