Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Refreshments anyone?

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Proverbs 12:18

The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

There are so many verses in God's word that talk about your words and how you should and should not use them. This verse especially made me think about how I use my tongue. Reckless, rash words hurt people. So what happens when you speak with thoughtful, encouraging words? It makes them feel loved, wanted, and uplifted. It brightens their day and their outlook on life. So why don't we do that all the time?

2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Have you ever thought that when you aren't encouraging, even if you aren't being discouraging or negative, you are disobeying God? I had never really thought about that before until just recently. But just think, when we are focused on Christ and other people, making an effort to smile and say a few uplifting words, it helps us not to think negatively about people or wallow in self-pity. However, when we live our life without seeking to encourage one another, it is so easy for us to fall into sin. It is so much easier to say something about that girl's weird dress, or ramble on about your awful week, when you are ignoring God's commandment to encourage each other! That is how Satan gets a foothold into our lives. He sneaks in through those little cracks in our life, where we aren't quite fully obeying God, and wreaks havoc in so many ways. Don't allow that to happen! Be an encourager; allow the Lord to use you! Philemon 1:7 says that when we love and encourage one another, we are like a breath of fresh air. We refresh the hearts of fellow believers when we obey God and diligently seek to encourage each other. And with all this fresh air blowing around, we can influence so many people for the Lord!
Have a wonderful day!

In His Love,
Jessica

3 comments:

Haylie Jo Gregory said...

AWESOME!!!!!!!!

Julia Lynne♥ said...

thanks so much for this. it was something i really needed.

God bless you and this ministry,
julia

Buttercup said...

Incredible post, Jessica!

Edification of the body of Christ is (I think) a very overlooked yet vital thing to keep the body doing what it's supposed to be doing. Encouraging each other is SO important! I know from experience (as do most believers if not all) that when I am struggling in my walk with God, or just having a bad day, that when a brother or sister encourages me it means the world! May we encourage each other daily in God's Word and seek to lift each other up, and think of others before ourselves.

God bless you girls! Keep up the awesome posts!
Buttercup

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