Encourage Each Other!

Are you feeling down lately? Have you been sick recently? Are you needing a little cheering up from your family or friends? I realized that people need encouragement all of the time. I believe that the devil attacks Christians with depression and loneliness to take our minds off of God.
God commands Moses in Deuteronomy 3:27-29 to "commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see." (NIV)

Here are some more references to scrpiture to remind us to encourage one another.
  • Isaiah 1:16-18 tells us to "learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow." (NIV)
  • Romans 12:7-9 reminds us that encouragement is one of the gifts of the Spirit - "if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully." (NIV)
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:10-12 tells us to "encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." (NIV)
    Since we can plainly see that we are commanded

Since we can plainly see that we are commanded to encourage one another, what is the best way to do that? I think that there are many ways:

1) Call them.

2) Take them out for lunch.

3) Send them a letter or card.

4) Throw them a surprise party.

5) Send them flowers or a gift.

6) Go on a walk with them.

My challenge to you for this week is to go out and encourage one another. Be a shining light of God and go out and E-N-C-O-U-R-A-G-E!!!