Aren’t we all a little tired or tweets, likes, smileys, and thumbs up? The constant desire for more and the let down of not being ‘liked’ – by people we don’t even know. Maybe we need an ‘insincere love’ break.
Facebook posts get lost in the feed and thumbs up are forgotten – but what about an old fashioned handwritten note? A real phone call? Or how about a bear hug to show you appreciate someone? Maybe our technological advances that fill up our time are leaving our hearts a bit empty.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1Thessalonians 5:11 NIV)
No one walks this earth that doesn’t have the deep down longing to know they have value, that somebody cares. God knew we would need His love letter, the Bible, as our constant, but He also knows we all need a little encouragement with skin on. Throughout His Word He reminds us to build each other up. Even those that are difficult – He calls us to bless them. Even when we don’t feel like it – He tells us to try.
“Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (1Thessalonians 5:15 NIV)
What if we look the homeless man with the sign in the eye and share a smile instead of only a dollar? What if we hold the door for the elderly person, pick up the dropped car keys for the businessman, or tell the crying toddler’s mom she’s doing just fine? Or maybe we bring it all a bit closer home: kind words at the end of a busy day, patience for the rude neighbor, grace for remarks snapped at us?
God lavishes mercy, love, and grace on us – not to hold on to, but to flow out of us to the souls we pass by and the ones we dwell with. Oh how I need to remember to share the heart of Jesus our Encourager – or at least just try. How about you? Need a little encouragement?
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