Encouragement

I Love You

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1 John 4:11 says,Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

When my mother was around while my brother and I engaged in sibling rivalry, she disciplined us. We were told to hug each other and say, “I love you”.

At the time, it was YUCKY! But what do you know? To this day I DO love my brother.

Sometimes he was annoying! Sometimes he made me so mad! Sometimes I wanted to slug him, and there were times I wished I didn’t even have a brother. Can anyone relate?

But God’s word tells us we should love others because He loves us. So here are a few ideas of how we might go about doing that.

  • A busy clerk needs a word of kindness.

  • A worn out teacher needs a hug and a smile.

  • Someone you meet today may need to hear the words, I love you. Perhaps they have a need where you can provide answers or aid.

Find someone you can love on today.

And there you go.

Becoming Mature and Complete

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James 1:2-4 says,Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Let’s face it. To get in shape physically, it takes perseverance and sometimes, a great deal of pain. But if we want to be completely fit, we must remember, “No pain. No gain!” I go to a trainer two times a week for thirty minutes, which frankly isn’t fun for me. I really like my trainer, but it seems she is only happy when I am sore. She has explained this is the only way she knows the exercises are working. Can you relate to that?

Spiritually, I believe the trials of life work the same way. James 1 says we should, “consider it pure joy” when we face trials of many kinds. Why? Because the testing of our faith develops perseverance.  

Perseverance must finish its work so that we will be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Sometimes I wish it could be easier, but remember, our Father always knows best and He loves us! I admit it’s often hard for me to find joy in the trials of life. Maybe it’s hard for you too. But in the end, we will forever be fit, complete, and mature.  

Today, let’s thank God for trials that come our way because we know we are going to radiate God’s glory when He finishes with our training! The finish line is in view and the crowd of saints is cheering us on to victory!

And there you go!

(Today’s blog is an excerpt from my new devotional series, Perseverance Seriously! You can order it today by clicking HERE)


Don't Give in to Fear

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Psalm 56:3 says, When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Fear is not lack of trust. Sometimes being afraid brings us to a place of greater trust. I have learned to ask myself this question. Is it true or real right now? This concept came from a Bible study by Elizabeth George.

So, instead of giving in to fear, I say to myself, “Is it true right now with all I know of the given situation?” God is only asking me to deal with the here and now. I cannot go back, and I don’t know the future. Jesus may come any second, so I should not waste my time worrying. When a crisis does come, I will have used my energy worrying and in my tiredness, it will be more difficult to deal with the crisis.

So when you are afraid you will fall apart, put your trust in God. We can know what is true, for He is trustworthy.

And there you go.

Thankful Encouragement

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Philippians 1:3 says, “I thank my God upon all my remembrance of you.”

The renowned theologian, Dr. W.A. Criswell, often wrote these words when he autographed a study Bible. Paul originally penned them with the Holy Spirit’s inspiration. Isn’t that amazing?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful for people to say they thank God when memories of you come to mind? Wouldn’t it be encouraging if people actually thanked God when they have the opportunity to spend time with you?

Even more so, wouldn’t it be encouraging to others if we thanked God for them every time we thought of them? What a privilege it is to share with others when we pray for them!

Let’s encourage someone today. Who comes to your mind first? Tell them what remembrances you have of them and specifically, how you thank God for the blessing they are in your life.

And there you go!

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