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Girlfriends in God - Oct. 4, 2007

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October 4, 2007

Believers Need Encouraging Too!

Sharon Jaynes

 

 

Today’s Truth

“So then, as occasion and opportunity open to us, let us do good to all people, (not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good advantage). Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith, those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers” (Galatians 6:10 AMP emphasis added).

 

Friend to Friend

When I think of Paul, I tend to think of a stoic stern rock of a man that is neither swayed nor deterred from the course at hand. I see him needing no one other than Christ Himself. But that was not true! Paul needed the encouragement of other believers. He longed for the words of fellow Christians to cheer him on while spreading the gospel.

Ponder these words he penned to the Corinthian church:

“For when we came into Macedonia, this body of ours had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn – conflicts on the outside, fears within. But God who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. He told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever” (2 Corinthians 7:5-7 emphasis added).

What was Paul feeling at this time? Conflicts on the outside and fears on the inside. Yes, that mighty man of God who said, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” also struggled with fear, discouragement and inner turmoil.

 

Paul was a spiritually confident man! He wrote: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8). “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). Paul believed these words with all of his heart, and yet, he still needed the words of fellow believers to encourage him to press on.

 

Even as I write these words, I am struck with just how much fellow Christians need encouraging words to continue in the faith. It is easy to say, “Well, God should be enough. People should find their strength in Christ.” Yes, Christ is enough for salvation. However, God has placed us in a Body. He called us the Body of Christ because we are dependent on each other to function well, to love well, and to struggle well.

 

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, show me a Christian that needs encouragement today. May I never, never withhold praise and appreciation for any fellow believer when it is within my power to give them the boost they need. May I be like Elizabeth who encouraged her cousin Mary, the mother of Jesus, the very moment she walked in the door of her home.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

 

Now it’s Your Turn

When is the last time someone in the church thanked you for a job well done? How did it make you feel?

 

When is the last time you thanked someone in your church for all their hard work in leading worship, teaching children, sharpening the pencils in the pews, etc.?

 

What does God want you to do in response to this devotion?

 

More from the Girlfriends

Sometimes we forget just how much people need encouragement. It is easy to think that spiritually mature people don’t need it….we’re wrong. They do! If you would like to learn how to become known as an encourager in your church, see Sharon’s book, The Power of a Woman’s Words. Also, consider The Power of a Woman’s Words Bible Study for your next Bible study group!

 

 

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