Thursday, February 13, 2020
13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
There are many things a friend may do to help another friend, and encouragement is so helpful. Any one of us can get discouraged, or feel overwhelmed by troubles, worry or fear. On our own, our fears can become magnified, and worries can tear us apart. For one who has lost a close family member or friend, the loss is more difficult with no one to help bear the load. We truly need one another.
This scripture passage is telling us to encourage one another in faith. If one is struggling on the periphery of a church body, it helps so much to extend to another your support and understanding. Offer to pick up someone for church whom you haven’t seen for a while, or one who needs a spiritual uplift. Sit with another in worship, so no one has to sit alone. Pick up the phone for a friendly chat with someone you miss not seeing in church. No judgment, just encouragement.
When one has gone a long time putting faith in a corner, he or she begins to convince themselves that they didn’t really need faith, but that’s sin’s deceitfulness talking. They may think no one cared about their absence from worship. Their friendship didn’t matter. No one needed what they had to offer.
Today is the day we have to reach out to another. Yesterday is over, and who knows what tomorrow may bring? As we are able, let us be a source of faith encouragement to someone. We may not realize what a gift it is to the recipient of that grace, and how deeply it is appreciated.
Gracious God, thank you for our body of believers in this church, but we lift up today one whom we don’t see much in church. Inspire us, Lord, to reach out as we are able to one whom we could encourage. Soften our hearts, Lord, to work enthusiastically for you, in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.