Shine a Light!
Theme of the Week: Freely Give Encouragement
Friday, October 13, 2017
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Key Bible Verse: I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. (Colossians 2:2)
Dig Deeper: Colossians 2:1-6
Why are we so quick to find fault in another Christ follower when we are supposed to be finding God in our fellow [believer]? Why can't we find Jesus in the heart of another, instead of finding the heart of Jesus's accusers in ourselves?
Our tendency to grade others on a curve of our own making and our own deep-seated inadequacies tend to get in the way of our capacity to encourage another. They inhibit our willingness to shine a bright light on what the Spirit of God is doing in the life of another. Yet encouragement is of critical importance in the life of the giver—and the receiver.
This is why David Benner writes, "The most important thing I can do is help the other person be in contact with the gracious presence of Christ."
Look afresh at the words of the apostle Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonian church. He closes an entire section on the teaching of Christ's second coming by challenging the believers to "encourage one another with these words" (1 Thess. 4:18, ESV).
Encouragement is gospel-centered. It gives biblically grounded confidence. Encouragement offers hope for the future.
Source of quote: David Benner, Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004), 57.
—Rob Bentz in The Unfinished Church
Adapted from The Unfinished Church ©2014 by Rob Bentz. Used by permission of Crossway. All rights reserved.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, thank you for caring Christian friends who've been there to encourage my walk of faith; help me to do the same for others.
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