Encourage One Another
The writer of the epistle to the Hebrews commands his audience in chapter 3:13, “encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness”.
Last Sunday, we were challenged to put off gossip and put on encouragement. The leaders of the early church knew that encouragement would be central to walking in the ways of Jesus, despite opposition from the world, Satan and our flesh. Here in Hebrews, we see encouragement is the antidote to hard hearts. This is literally the adding of courage. It is a critical balance to the challenges of Scripture and the human tendency toward criticism. It is the fatherly secret of not allowing one another to become exasperated or discouraged.
We have an amazing community of believers meeting every Sunday morning as the Mariemont and Gladstone churches worship and serve Jesus together. Consider this:
-almost four dozen people serve every Sunday; about one in every 8 people
-we serve about 150 people at Lite Bites where great tasting fellowship takes place
-the physical spaces are clean and prayed over; welcoming for every generation
-we are led in worship by gifted musicians who help us truthfully ascribe worth to God
-we study God’s Word in depth with a desire to obey what it says in daily life
-we hear testimonies of God’s faithfulness and the faith of those among us
-we suffer along with those suffering – whether in loss, bad health, or financial problems
-we invest almost a quarter of every dollar given to impact the world for Jesus
-many regulars serve as advisors or in leadership within other high impact ministries
-together with many city churches, we are coming together to love and serve Cincinnati
So next time you see someone serving well, loving others, taking a new step of faith, giving their time, talent, and treasure – or just plain persevering, let them know they are appreciated and encourage them to persevere!
Learning to live and love in the power of Jesus with you,