“Encourage, Love And Support One Another”
Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
This past week I have found it more challenging to think about what I want to write and share about. Some weeks the words just flow easily from my heart. Other weeks, I find it very hard to articulate exactly what I’m feeling and what I want to share with others through my devotional writing. The past weeks, I’ve been thinking and talking with friends and family about all the craziness of life. While God has definitely continued to bless us in many different ways, the craziness of life is still present and we work through it by trusting in His guidance each day.
As I find myself scrolling through facebook, checking the news reports on my phone, listening to various conversations around me at work, I just have to wonder what this world would be like if we really took this passage to heart and lived it out. What if we really challenged ourselves to encourage, love and support one another as God has commanded us to do? What if we took this command seriously, as God wants us to and really loved one another?
It seems these days so many people are so focused on getting their opinions out and making sure they are heard. While this is healthy when done in the right way, we always need to remember that no matter what, God has called us to love, encourage and support one another. I think about that when I’m with my wife and kids especially. Am I loving them or just venting my opinions out to them about how I feel about things? Do I take the time to really love them and hear how they are feeling?
Friends, sometimes we just need to take a step back and really listen to what others have to say. Many months ago I watched a devotional series by Francis Chan and I was really impacted by how he talked about how, in this world today, so many people are so focused on airing their opinions and not just listening. We really need to take the time to listen to others. It’s important to show others we care and help motivate them to doing great things.
I want to encourage all of us to focus more on encouraging others around us each day. This is not to say we can’t share how we feel about things with others, but we need to make sure we are focusing on loving, supporting and encouraging people. That is what God wants us to focus on as we seek to share His Light.
Father, help us to encourage, love and support one another as You have called us to do. Help us focus not on getting our opinions heard so much, but listening to others and seeing how we can help them come to know You.