And so, here we are … the end of our five-day journey to ABIDE. I hope you have been encouraged and motivated to start this year with intention and focus on building your relationship with the Lord through these posts.
In case you missed any of the previous posts, here they are:
And today, we wrap up with this one …
Seems sort of counterintuitive, doesn’t it? Abiding is all about developing a deeper relationship with the Lord and yet, here we are, looking at moving beyond our quiet times and prayer journals into interacting with others. Why? Because as we spend more time with Jesus we should become more like Him — and Jesus was an encourager.As we abide more in Christ, we become more like Him and Jesus was an encourager. #Abide2016 Click To Tweet
His interactions are full of words that gave life and built up. He saw people and engaged them. Zaccheus in the tree. The woman at the well. The woman with the issue of blood. Blind Bartimaus. The Gospels give us a picture of Christ reaching out to others. And throughout the rest of the New Testament we see His disciples following His example.
Consider these five verses:
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:6
But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13
When we speak encouragement to one another we are imitating Christ. We are coming alongside each other and we are giving the world a picture of what the Church as intended to be. When we encourage others, we are acting in the love of Christ. Remember Jesus’ words,
When we encourage others, we are acting in the love of Christ. #Abide2016 Click To Tweet
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
Take time to make a list of three people who have encouraged you recently. What did they do or say? How did their encouragement affect you? Now, make a list of three people you can encourage within the next week. Pray about the way God would have you reach out to them — perhaps sending a card or text, maybe fixing a meal or planning a coffee date. Then, do it. It’s so easy to think about encouraging others, to want to do it, to plan to do it … but make a commitment to follow through!
Thank you so much for joining me for this journey to ABIDE. Perhaps these five simple ideas have been an encouragement to you — I hope they have! As this year begins, let’s be intentional about abiding in Christ.
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