And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, – Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)
Early in my carpentry career I made a lot of mistakes. My boss was very quick to let me know that my mistake really was a very “bone headed move.” Those moments never made me feel good, even though I knew that it was not very well thought through. Most often my boss would follow up with a comment about how much I had learned and that I was on a good course for my future as a carpenter.
The word used for encouragement here means “to stand alongside.” It has to do with standing alongside someone to let them know you care, and you will be there for them. It is the same word used to describe the Holy Spirit who stands alongside of us.
People all around us need encouragement. Moms who have their children with them all day long. Dads & moms worrying about the uncertainty of work and finances. To some degree we are all a little worried about when the COVID-19 virus sickness will end and how life will change for all of us in the future. As a follower of Jesus, we need to be encouraged because Jesus has blazed a path before us. A path that he has conquered and made straight for us.
Even without the threat of COVID-19 there are plenty of pressures and struggles that cause people stress, uncertainty and stress. Be encouraged because our God will never leave us or forsake us (Duet. 31:6 – 8; Josh. 1:5; Heb.13:5). See if you can be an encourager. It can be an addictive and healthy habit. Encouraging people can bring joy for those who are struggling and for you.
Thank you for your promise to never leave or forsake us. Make me a person that brings words and acts of kindness and support for those who need some help. Amen.