Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you2 Corinthians 13:11 NIV

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.  1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT

Words are powerful tools of influence. All of us can speak words and so all of us have the power to encourage or discourage others.

Everybody needs encouragement. The night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre, he was carrying: two pairs of glasses, a small velvet eyeglass cleaner, an ivory pocketknife, a large handkerchief with "A. Lincoln" stitched in red, a tiny pencil, a brass sleeve button, a fancy watch, and a brown wallet with a Confederate five-dollar bill. But Lincoln also carried 8 newspaper clippings that he had cut out and saved. All of them praised the President who carried so much weight on his shoulders. Lincoln carried those positive clippings because he needed encouragement. Everybody does. And God wants us to be those encouragers. Our encouragement can do great things for God.

We come to church to worship and learn about the Lord. But there is another reason Paul said we should come to church, and that is to encourage one another. In Paul’s day, some people had gotten into the habit of not coming to church. Paul said in verse 24 of chapter 10 we were … to Spur one another on to love and good deeds, and verse 25 he said to encourage one another.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV

That sounds like a good reason to Pause on a Sunday and come to church. To Spur one another on to love and good deeds and to encourage one another. The time we spend together at church is important.

Then carry that encouragement into your week and encourage those around you. It has eternal consequences for each and every one of us. 

Monday, February 3, 2020
Pastor Mitch Gardner