Saturday, October 13, 2007

ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER


Pray for one another concerning both spiritual and temporal things (Ephesians 6:18). Prayer is a God-given means and instrument for our participation in worship and for blessing from God based on the merits of Christ, our High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16). Don't take prayer for granted or neglect this blessed privilege. God forbid that I should sin against Him in ceasing to pray for you.

Communicate with one another, speaking kindly with words of comfort and encouragement (1 Thessalonians 4:18). It is amazing what a word in season will accomplish in the lives of our brethren, especially in times of trial and affliction. Also, we have men and women who teach, take care of the nursery, and who read Scripture and pray publicly. They put in a lot of time and effort in these endeavors, and though they do not seek nor require the praise of men, we should encourage them and tell them how much we appreciate them.

Forgive one another, "even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven us" (Ephesians 4:32). We will do many things we should not do in our personal dealings with one another. We are sinners in need of forgiveness, and too much of self remains. But we need to forgive one another not out of legal obligation, but because we have been forgiven based upon the merits of Christ our Substitute.

Worship with one another (Hebrews 10:24-25). It is so discouraging to those present when so few make an effort to be where God's word is preached.


If deceived religionists make every effort to gather where a false gospel is preached, how much more should we gather to hear the true Gospel preached?

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