Daily Devotional | Be An Encouragement To Others

Philippians 2:1, 2 NIV
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my (someone’s [my emphasis]) joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”
 
 
The word ‘ENCOURAGEMENT’ means to support. As an encourager, your duty is to live a selfless life, speak a word that upholds someone to bring change for the better. Be a mentor to others, giving them confidence that their aspirations, pursuits, and goals are supported by you. An encourager promotes, cheers, and heartens another. As you gently correct their errors, you deeply support their ambitions. Biblically, Paul wrote “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God,..Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:2, 3 NIV). 
 
Desiring greatness amongst peers, involves the act of sowing a seed of encouragement. This is not achieved through quarrels, bitterness, or strife. To be an encourager, you sometimes have to take some blows, swallow your pride and pursue change.  A person who encourages is a servant. He does not coax others; but, has a broad mind of tolerance, love, and patience.  “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.” (Philemon 1:7 NIV) When you invest love in someone’s life, that is encouragement. This love must be pure, not self-seeking… Agape love!!
 
In our churches today, we need to build more discipleship. Apply this in your daily life, home, work place, etc. Be a blessing to others by simply speaking a kind word.  “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry,..” (James 1:19) As a gift of God, listening gives you better understanding and spiritually allows God (the Holy Spirit) to minister to you. Anything, person, or spirit that divides us must be stopped, ignored, exposed and avoided. It is the work of Satan! 
 
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. “If you have the gift of prophesying, then prophesy according to your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:6-8 NIV) Every gift you have should be a blessing to others.  
 
Do you relate to this message? Are you going to change something in your life today? Will you start speaking kind words to others regardless of their background, nationality, or status? Do it, and God will be pleased with you. Remember, a man reaps what he sows! Go change the world! Be an encouragement to others, and God will encourage you!! 
 
Scripture of the day: “The word of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing”. ~ (Proverbs 12:18)

 

From Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
TLWMI. (c) Copyright Reserved, 2011.

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The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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2 Responses to Daily Devotional | Be An Encouragement To Others

  1. J. Boudreaux says:

    Mr. Okereke, Based on what I have read above, I personally feel that I am an encourager. Thank you for helping to validate my thoughts. You are invited to visit my blog at http://quietstreams.wordpress.com

    J. Boudreaux

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