Be sensitive to others’ need for encouragement

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

As you near the end of a long race, your legs ache, your throat burns, and your whole body cries out for you to stop. This is when friends and fans are most valuable. Their encouragement helps you push through the pain to the finish line. In the same way, Christians are to encourage one another. A word of encouragement offered at the right moment can be the difference between finishing well and collapsing along the way. Look around you. Be sensitive to others’ need for encouragement, and offer supportive words or actions. (NLT)

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 – I really don’t need to write to you about how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters. For you know quite well that the day of the Lord will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. When people are saying, “All is well; everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall upon them as suddenly as a woman’s birth pains begin when her child is about to be born. And there will be no escape.

But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be sober. Night is the time for sleep and the time when people get drunk. But let us who live in the light think clearly, protected by the body armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation. For God decided to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. He died for us so that we can live with him forever, whether we are dead or alive at the time of his return. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

Paul wrote, “Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” –1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

Deepika Emmanuel Sagar’s (Rajasthan, India) story is titled “HANDWRITTEN ENCOURAGEMENT;” here is a portion of Deepika’s story:

“One day I received a letter from someone who was unknown to me. As I read through it, I found it was regarding an article I wrote that was published in a Christian magazine. Handwritten and four pages long, the letter was from one of my readers. He was 93 years old and said that he appreciated my article and encouraged me to continue using my spiritual gift of writing for God’s glory. After I had gone through the letter, I wondered: Why did this stranger take so much pain, at his age, to send me a handwritten letter?

“Scripture says that we should encourage one another. I was encouraged by a person whom I did not even know, but he obeyed God’s word to uplift my efforts for the kingdom’s sake. I still remember a line from the handwritten letter: ‘Encouragement is like strength to bones.’

“. . . Encouragement can make us zealous to yield even more fruit and can move us forward in fulfilling God’s purpose for us.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Whom is God nudging me to encourage today?

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to encourage others as they seek to grow in faith and know you more fully. Amen.

Prayer Focus: A FRIEND WHO NEEDS ENCOURAGEMENT

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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