Be an encouragement to others.
It doesn’t matter that you’re a Christian or how long you’ve been one- there will always be times that you will feel down; need uplifted and encouraged. (Philippians 1:29) We’d like to think that once we accept Christ as our Savior it only goes up from there. And while in the long run that’s true, we will still face problems and uncertainties while on this earth; it’s a sinners world, and we, unfortunately are sinners.
God tells us that we should be grateful for the troubles that come our way. (Psalm 119:71, Romans 5:3-5, James 1:2-4) We should pray to Him for strength and thanksgiving. (Philippians 4:6-7, 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) But in His infinite love and wisdom, He gives us each other to help us get through the tough times. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10) He is always with us (Psalm 23:1-4, Isaiah 41:10, John 14:16-17) - you know that; and you feel Him there, too. But there are times when we need a physical being to be there with us. To cry with us, listen to our sorrows and encourage us with uplifting words and pray for us. We can’t make it through this world alone. And when our friends and loved ones need encouragement we need to be there for them. (1 Thessalonians 4:18, John 15:12-15, James 5:16) We must help each other. (John 13:34-35, 1 John 4:9-11)
When you’re feeling down and alone, and when praying just doesn’t seem to help (in the short run- it always helps in the long run) – call a friend in Jesus. Don’t discount talking it over with someone who can encourage you, someone who loves you, loves God and can remind you of both. It’s easy when we’re down to forget how much God does love us, (Romans 5:8, John 3:16) and how much He hurts when we hurt. (Lamentations 3:31-33, Hebrews 4:15)It’s easy to distance ourselves from Him. Allow your friend to keep you grounded, and walking His path for you. He is always with us, spiritually. But when we need someone physically, He gives us each other. It’s one of His gifts, a sign of His love. Take advantage of it.
And when a friend calls you for encouragement, be there for them. (Proverbs 13:20, Proverbs 17:17, Matthew 22:39) Sometimes all they need to for you to listen. And sometimes they just need your presence. And sometimes they just need you. And we all want to feel needed. God uses all things for His good. (Romans 8:28) Maybe a friend’s pain is to be used for your gain. Maybe your friend in needing you, is God showing you how much you’re needed. A nice little reminder the next time you’re feeling down and insignificant.
Just a thought.
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