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Devotional - week of October 20, 2013


HAVE YOU ENCOURAGED SOMEONE TODAY?

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, Philippians 2:4-5

This statement exhorts believers to meet the needs of other believers. Immediately following Paul’s command that we be interested in the needs of others, he added, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ.” Paul continues with the truths of Jesus willfully leaving heaven to become a man, living a life of continual rejection, and dying on the cross to meet our needs. We are to do what Jesus did. Just before His crucifixion, Jesus left a powerful message with us by washing the feet of the disciples and then telling them that they are to do the same.

Years ago, Christian youth groups would sing a little chorus containing the words: “Others, Lord, yes others, let this my motto be, help me to live for others that I might live for Thee.” Those words express the attitude that Paul exhorts us to have.

In John 14:16, Jesus tells His disciples that the Father would send them a “Helper.” That word has in it the idea of an encourager. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, He will encourage us and we will encourage others. Encouragement is something that all believers need.

The Holy Spirit will encourage others through us in different ways. Examples of this would be: thanking someone for making a sacrifice for us, or congratulating one because of some victory God has given him. There are numerous other ways to be an encourager. A young man said that every time he left a conversation with a certain lady, he felt 10 feet tall.

The Holy Spirit will definitely lead us to encourage the discouraged. One Christian gentleman who was the victim of a stroke said, “When I was in a time of discouragement, I would pick up the phone and call others who needed encouragement.” The results of those calls were twofold—the person calling was blessed and the ones he called were encouraged.

We can be an encouragement to others by something as simple as a phone call, an email, a card.