Life Verses - 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Life Verses

As I've grown as a Christian, my Bibles show circled words, underlined words, arrows, highlighter colors, scribbled notes in the margin, initials, other Scripture references.  This was just my way of Bible study growing up.  If it meant something extra special to me, then it got marked in some fashion.  Sometimes entire sections would just have a large box drawn around them.

And then you have those verses; those life verses; that meant so much all those years ago and still means the world to me today.  One of them is 1 Thessalonians 5:11 and it reads "Encourage one another and build each other up . . ."  We are CALLED to be encouragers.  We are CALLED to be with people.  We are CALLED to be there when no one else may be there.  There's enough negativity in the world; there's enough bullying, hatred, comparisons going on in the world that  just has no place inside a church family.  YOU are CALLED to "encourage one another and build each other up."

Sure we may not all have the same gift or talent with words, or deeds or mannerisms, but God wants you to be the feet, hands, ears, mouth and heart to those around you.  If someone you know is downtrodden, sit down with them and let them talk it out....and listen, truly listen and pray with them for God's will and guildance in their lives.  If someone has recently lost a loved one, be the one to take a meal or just be with the family.  If someone is having serious medical conditions/situations, vist, pray and/or buy groceries or dinners out.  But most of all, listen, encourage them in their faith.  Remind them that even through these trials/times that seem beyond handling, that God is for them.  We may not know what to say or do, but trust the Holy Spirit to help you.  The Holy Spirit is the great comforter and best encourager of all.

So friends, what am I saying?  Be God's light to someone today.  "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.  Let it shine.  Let it shine.  Let it shine."  Let's LIVE the Scripture:  "Encourage one another and build each other up" . . . God will be well-pleased.