Be an Encourager

July 2019: A Word From Dr. Stanley

Did you ever wonder what kind of people God wants us to be? Personalities, talents, abilities, and backgrounds differ, but Scripture reveals some basic traits the Lord desires for us all. Among them is one very close to His heart—that we be encouragers (1 Thess. 5:11). Even though encouraging one another isn’t usually an organized ministry of the church, it’s invaluable in the community of faith.

Never underestimate the impact that gracious words, sound advice, or acts of kindness may have on a fellow believer.

The Christian life is not one of isolation and independence but of relationship and interconnection. That’s why the church is called the body of Christ. We are united to one another in Him and walk together side by side. Although some of us are more outgoing than others, we can each express encouragement in our own unique way. Never underestimate the impact that gracious words, sound advice, or acts of kindness may have on a fellow believer.

Think about the various trials you’ve endured and all God has taught you—every experience of His faithfulness and fulfilled promise from His Word can be used to encourage someone else. To be used by God in this way, simply be alert to the people He brings across your path—and make yourself available, even when it seems inconvenient. Then pray for wisdom. God will help you know what to say or do as you come alongside that person.

I pray you will be encouraged through this month’s devotions. Then share that encouragement with someone else, that you both might be richly blessed.

 
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11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

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