Today's Devotion - April 2
Encourage One Another Daily
Good Morning Northside Family
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.
Recently I was going through some old boxes in our basement. Sherry had been on a “clean and purge” mission and I was drafted to “participate!” In the boxes she gave me, I found a number of cards I had received over the years. Some dated back to 2005 when I had heart surgery at the Mayo Clinic. All of the cards were filled with kind, encouraging and uplifting words. They made me laugh and cry.
I still like to write encouraging notes, though I do not write as many as I should. I know how those words of encouragement have lifted me up over the years and I think others might feel the same way.
In 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. The writer tells his audience to encourage one another every day so that none of them will be overcome by sin. We all need this!
I am certain that you are way more creative than me. I want to urge you to find people to reach out to with words or acts of encouragement over the next seven days. Please take a full week and find someone new each day to encourage. You will be glad you did! It might just become a lifelong habit.
In 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 the Apostle Paul writes: For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. – Paul reminds the church how a loving father should deal with his children and says this is how he treated them as a church family. Let’s make it our goal to encourage, comfort and urge one another to live in a way that honors God!
Heavenly Father, you have provided so much comfort and encouragement to us. Help us to extend that to those around us. Please show us ways we can be used by you to encourage and lift up others.
By the power of Jesus, we pray – Amen.
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LOVE OTHERS as Christ loves us,
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