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Thursday, June 02, 2005

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT - THURSDAY: “…encourage one another…”

A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success. - Source unknown.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. - 1Thess 5:11. (ESV)

Paul is instructing the Thessalonian Christians to keep encouraging each other, in order to build one another up, just as they had been doing.

We who are strong in the faith, should endeavour to make sure that every Christian ought to be encouraged daily, so that they may be strengthened in their walk, in their reading of the word, in their praying, and in their witnessing, in order that they may reach their full potential in Christ!

Helping one another, caring for one another, sharing with one another, carrying each other’s burdens, comforting one another, praying for one another and loving one another!
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. - Gal 6:2.

The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential. If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond the wildest dreams. We would have more than one Einstein, Edison, Schweitzer, Mother Theresa, Dr. Salk and other great minds in a century. - Sidney Madwed.

Nothing and no one should ever be allowed to interrupt or interfere with the effective flow of the Holy Spirit in each other! And whenever anyone is down, we should encourage them and lift them up again, so that they may be receptive to the power of the Holy Spirit!

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, - Rom 15:5.

A study was recently completed on corporate managers. In it they were asked if they voiced positions that…

1. Focused on the good of the company, rather than personal benefit .
2. Jeopardized their own careers.

Emerging from this study were the four leader-types which are found in all organizations...

Type #1 -- Courageous.
These people expressed ideas to help the company improve, in spite of personal risk or opposition.

Type #2 -- Confronting.
These people spoke up, but only because of a personal vendetta against the company.

Type #3 – Calloused.
These people didn't know, or care, whether they could do anything for the company; they felt helpless and hopeless, so they kept quiet.

Type #4 -- Conforming.
These people also remained quiet, but only because they loathed confrontation and loved approval.

The researchers discovered that the courageous managers accomplished the most, reported the highest job satisfaction, and eventually were commended by superiors. Their commitment had certainly improved the quality of their lives. - Jon Johnston.

We all need courage, we all need encouragement, so let’s do it for the glory of our Lord and Saviour, that we may see His name lifted up and His Kingdom extended!

Loving Father, thank you for your word, which tells us to encourage one another. Help me by the power of the Holy Spirit, to really encourage someone today! Help me by the same power to show your hope to a dying world. In Jesus wonderful name I pray!

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