Encourage one Another

Hebrews 10:24-25   and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Matthew 28:19-20   “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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Long before I was familiar with the verses above I was encouraged by my Aunt Jo, many times over the years when I don’t remember anyone else doing so. Even though we never lived close, Faye and I, over the first two thirds of our marriage traveled to visit with her and Uncle Delmar. During those years they felt more like my parents than my parents did. When they finally moved close to us even our son Jeff, when in High School, felt so comfortable with them he would make the twelve-mile trip to their home on his motor cycle. When Jeff was about sixteen, Jo predicted Jeff would someday be a pastor. We all thought that was one of those, hope it will happen statements, but today he is a Pastor. At the time I did not know how important their example and encouragement was to me and my family. Through my young years they were a big part of what helped keep me on a track that brought me back to the Lord. After returning to the Lord there were many people that helped encourage me in my growth in knowledge and wisdom of the Lord. They taught me how to observe the commands of Jesus, inside the walls of a church building, outside the walls, in restaurants, parks, homes, where ever we could get together. That’s how I grew to this point and I am trying to do the same for others, and my Lord Jesus. Why do I do it? Because the Lord commands it, and I want to. Like so many other things the Lord commands without explaining why, we learn why after we obey. I learned how much more I learn and grow In His wisdom, by helping others grow in Him.



Encourage one another

Hebrews 24-25  and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17.  Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.

Proverbs 12:25. Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad.

Romans 1:12  that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine.

Acts 14:19-22. But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. But while the disciples stood around him, he got up and entered the city. The next day he went away with Barnabas to Derbe. After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”


I am encouraged in many ways, one of them was reading and thinking about the verses above. I am encouraged almost every time I meet with a brother in Christ, and most of the time I find a way to encourage him. Right now I meet with at least two men every week and sometimes three. Every Saturday I am involved in a men’s bible study, and prayer meeting with 8-12 men, what a blessing that is. Of course the greatest encouragement for me is that provided by my lord and Savior Jesus. How am I encouraged? , by the way he blesses me every day, the salvation he has provided for me, and the eternity I will spend with Him, how could I not be encouraged? If I had been with Paul when he was left for dead, and then got up and continued his ministry as though nothing happened, would really encourage me, knowing Jesus was left for dead, then got up and left the tomb, really encourages me. It is amazing, things that start out so discouraging, can end up encouraging. As Jesus said, “everything is possible with God”. He has, is, and will give me so much. What does Jesus want from me? He wants me to love Him, trust Him, and obey Him. One of the things He wants me to do is, encourage others.

Lord, I don’t know how much longer You want me here, but until You take me home, bring em on, I love encouraging people for You.