Friday, November 9, 2012
So encourage each other daily...so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
My cousin Jennifer is one of the most encouraging people I know. For the past year I have been observing her bless and encourage the people around her with phone calls, text messages, emails, and so much more. It seems so natural for her, as though she doesn't even have to think about it. No matter what has been going on in my life the past couple years, she's always reached out to say a simple hello and let me know she is thinking or praying for me....even during times when I wasn't always reaching out to her.
I'm challenged by this kind of encouragement in the body of Christ. It's a kind of encouragement that embodies the love of Jesus. It's a kind of encouragement that reaches beyond self and into the lives of others. It's a kind of encouragement that exudes confidence, grace, and sincere compassion.
I want to be a person that encourages those around me, because according to scripture, people who can't seem to encourage others are some of the most hardened people on earth. In Hebrews we are reminded to encourage each other daily..."so as not to be hardened by sin's deceit."
When encouragement is difficult in your life, you must really ask yourself why. Because 100 times out of 100, the difficulty to encourage has nothing to do with the people around you- and everything to do with your heart. When we fail to encourage those around us, our hearts become insecure, covetous, isolated, and weak. Like the Grinch, our hearts become three sizes too small. Our lack of encouragement is always a symptom of something more. Something deep inside of us that is not as it should be.
You see, the greatest deceit we can experience is by believing this world is all about us. The hardest our hearts will get, is when we believe that we are to be recipients of encouragement rather than distributors of encouragement. When we focus inward, we will find our hearts cold, hardened, and alone. We will find ourselves trapped in our own sin of selfishness and despair.
I want to practice encouraging others in every aspect of my life. I want to work on being called outside of myself, focusing on the lives of people around me. I'm doing my best to practice this within my core group of friends, but I want it to become so much a part of my life that it is felt by everyone I come into contact with. I want the confidence of Jesus and the value I have in Him to be my foundation, so that I am freed to give encouragement to others without the motive to receive it in return.
I want to encourage others daily, so that my heart is soft and secure...and freed to love like Jesus loved.
"Student says- 'I am very discouraged what should I do'. Master says- 'encourage others'"
Lessons Learned by Debra Fileta at 3:43 PM