Be an Encouragement

I definitely like to joke around with people.  And sometimes it’s sarcastic and at times I definitely need to watch pushing the edge.  There are good lines to be drawn in how far humor goes.

But when we use our words in positive ways, the sky’s the limit.   You might have heard this verse from me before, and it’s possible I’ve written about it before too.  But for today, it’s impressed on my heart and I wanted to share again.

Hebrews 3:13 – But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Take a minute and read that again.  Here are three main benefits to encouragement.

1.  Daily encouragement is an awesome pattern to model.  If we are saying encouraging things on a daily basis, we will gain a reputation as someone genuinely interested in the success of people.  It will also make it easier for us to share critical things when the need arises.

2.  We need encouragement.  The body of Christ is not always a well oiled machine.  There are difficult and discouraging times.  Encouragement builds up the body and helps us think in ways that show our mind is conforming to Christ.

3.  Encouragement guards against sin’s deceitfulness.  If we’re never encouraged, we can commit sin easily.  We can get depressed, we can wonder if we’re doing anything right, we can wonder if our service makes an impact, we can easily feel like no one cares.

Who will you encourage today?

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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