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.
How many times do we simply go about our day, interacting with others, and miss the opportunity to encourage one another? For me, I know it occurs more frequently than I imagine. A missed opportunity to encourage another’s Christian walk, but also to encourage another human heart.
Encouragement is often the only thing that stands between defeat and victory, despair and joy. Many people walk around today with heads down, eyes locked on our phones, feeling defeated, just putting one foot in front of another, hoping upon hope to just get through another day. Wouldn’t a smile, a door held open or an acknowledgment of their presence change the course of their day? A simple act of God’s love, displayed through you as an encouraging gesture. Each and every person matters to God and they should matter to us. (Bill Hybels)
Encouragement for believers takes on a whole new perspective. We are to encourage one another so that sin does not deceive. In today’s economy of self promotion, it can happen in an instant, the idolization of ourselves and our accomplishments. Taking the glory for ourselves instead of giving the glory to God. As believers we should give encouragement to other Christ followers in ways that are beneficial to their christian walk. Take the time to encourage another in their bible reading, take notice of their spiritual growth, encourage their service to God. To do this we must take time for community, ask thoughtful questions, share more openly with one another, and bridge that gap of loneliness. The Christian walk is not meant to be walked alone.
As we begin this Lenten season, are you willing to come along side me and take a pledge to reach out and brighten someones day, each day? Making it a priority the next 40 days. But beyond that, are you willing to be vulnerable and take the time for community? In community is where love is expressed, received and hearts are opened to the goodness of God.