Everyone is either primarily an encourager or discourager in their attitude and actions.
Let the love of Jesus flow through you to love God and others. Be filled with the Spirit daily and then let the fruit of the Spirit flow out of your life–love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. F1 Remember to keep a kind expression on your face.
May we comfort each other; ” 3 Blessed be the God…of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” F2
And help each other; “35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ …40 Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” F3
Am I an encourager or discourager? I hope each disciple will give serious thought as to whether your attitudes and actions lead to encouraging or discouraging others. We are a community of believers in Jesus that needs to seek peace and love together so that love can be shared with the Jacksonville people we come into contact with ever day. Give yourself a grade of best 5 down to 0; for being an encourager and discourager. Best would be 5 for encourager and 0 for discourager. Be honest and ask God to change you if necessary.
Paul Tripp said: “Real change does not take place until it is visible in our lives and our relationships. The Bible uses the word “heart” to describe who we are at our core. The Bible describes the Christian life in terms of a new relationship with God that brims with hope and flows from the core of our being into our daily lives. Jesus said that all true obedience grows out of a transformed heart.” F4
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I will end with David’s Psalm of self-examination: “ 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.” G
Be an encourager and a person who has gospel conversations with people on a regular basis. For “Am I a Discourager?” click here
Notes: F1- Ephesians 5:18b, Galatians 5:22-23b; F2- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; F3- Matthew 25:35-40; F4- “How People Change” by Timothy Lane & Paul Tripp, Pages 171-176, to order click here; G- Psalms 139:23-24 ;
Henry Luke 10/13/2017
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