Thought for the week: point to ponder

Encourage one another -2

Last week we considered the importance of encouraging one another.  This week, thinking a little deeper, and reflecting on things said by our Church Leaders yesterday at Diocesan Synod, let’s pray that God will enable a culture of encouragement to really flourish in our church. Let’s ask God to make our churches a united community that sincerely loves each other in specific, tangible ways like encouragement. Ask God to use each of us to help fan that flame.

A word of caution.  Don’t get discouraged if people don’t return your encouragement (Matthew 6:3-4; Ephesians 6:3-8) or if you don’t see fruit from it (Galatians 6:9-10). Creating a church culture that wholeheartedly and unitedly glorifies God takes time, lots of prayer, and abundant grace. I encourage you to keep at it.

However, have courage and get started.  Who can you encourage right now? Who has blessed you recently that you can thank? What verse can you share with them? How might God use it?

May the Lord do more than we can imagine through just a little encouragement (Ephesians 3:20-21).