LGD 009: Encourage Each Other

Heart in red paint formed by hands

We are five weeks into the Coronavirus “safer at home” orders, and with beautiful days in front of us we long to see each other and spend time together.

Heart in red paint formed by hands

For those who are the “social butterflies” this lockdown is tough for you, and for those that prefer solitude, you are probably loving this time.

The one thing we all miss during this “safer at home” time is the encouragement we get from each other. Encouragement comes in many forms; however, most people love to share a cup of coffee or chat at a restaurant.

Our scripture today says,

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11

What I love about this passage is at the end of the verse. Did you catch it? The author says, “just as you are already doing.” This implies that you never stopped encouraging or building each other up.

You simply continued the work you were already doing.

Let me encourage you – don’t let this lockdown or “safer at home” stop you from encouraging each other. Don’t let it stop you from sending a text, making a phone call, having a video chat or even mailing an old fashioned letter.

We may not be able to meet in person, but we can continue to encourage each other, and build each other up. We all have our down days, and we need others to help us up.

Take time to encourage one person today – you never know what that little act of kindness may do for someone.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for another day. Thank you for the gift of friendship. I ask that you would bring to mind one person that I can encourage today, and you would help me to act on that name. Thank you for the times when I have needed encouragement, and someone came to my need. Give us a great day! Amen.

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I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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