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Therefore Encourage One Another

June 14, 2018

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Therefore Encourage One Another

Talk about love!     When the apostle Paul wrote  to the congregation  in Thessalonica,  everything he said  was said with the deepest love  for all  of the people there.     Paul was so glad  for their faith  in the Lord  and how they had turned  “from idols  to serve a living and true God.”    ( 1 Thessalonians 1:9 )     With his joy,  Paul knew for certain  that it was very necessary for him  to help these new Christians learn how  to lead a more God-pleasing life,  that would be a better witness  of the salvation we have  in Christ Jesus.

All their lives  the Thessalonians had been idol worshipers.     They were so accustomed  to living in sexual immorality,  defrauding one another,  and just living  in the ways  of this world.     They needed help and encouragement  in learning  what was good and right  in God’s eyes.     They needed  to grow  in sanctification.

Paul’s preaching had brought them  to a true faith  in Christ Jesus,  but now Paul was gone preaching  in other places.     Paul did not stop caring  for the people  after he had to leave.     In his love and care,  Paul would write  to them  to encourage them  and remind them  of what God is all about.    God greatly desires  that we all grow  to be more like Jesus was  when He walked this earth.

We have a goal  to meet — to live a more Godly  and sanctified life  before it is our time  to be taken  to our home  in heaven.      We can’t do this  all by our own strength  and power.     We certainly can’t do this  by setting our own standards  for living,  instead of looking  to God’s standards  for our living.

We need  to let God’s Holy Spirit live  in our hearts  as we pay attention  to His word  to us.     We need  to let God encourage us  along each day  through His word — and,  we need the encouragement  of each other.     In loving  and respecting our fellow Christians,  we are to be  like Paul and Christ were.     They showed the people  what a Godly life was like.     When the people reverted  to their sinful lives,  they were encouragingly preached to  and encouragingly written to,  in order to help them  in their walk  with Christ.

This business of encouraging  is not just  for church leaders.     As Christians,  who really care  about one another,  we need to be encouraging each other  to always be living  for our Lord.     Paul said so  in 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11,

For God has not destined us  for wrath,  but for obtaining salvation  through our Lord Jesus Christ,  who died for us,  that whether we are awake  or asleep,  we may live together  with Him.

Therefore encourage one another,  and build up one another,  just as you also are doing.

Our whole reason  for helping each other out  in the true faith  is so that our Christian friends  will not have  to face God’s wrath.     Our whole purpose  in life is  to obtain salvation — just because Jesus has already  paid the price  for our sins.     We need  to live  in that truth  and not despise it  with a loose life style.

Let us care  for one another  and not be silent  when we see one another forgetting the price  Jesus paid  to redeem us  with His blood.     And,  when a fellow Christian points out  to us  our need for correction,  let us accept that  in the love it is given.     Then,  we will all be better enabled  to reach our heavenly home together.

Humbly walking  with our Lord,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for guiding us  through this life.     You know our every thought and feeling.     Lead all our thoughts  and feelings  to be pleasing  in Your sight.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

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This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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