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Encourage each other

June 5, 2018

For June 5, 2018, we find the “Verse of the Day” coming from 1 Thessalonians 5:11 in the New Living Translation:

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

The verb “encourage” is translated from the Greek word parakaleo, literally meaning to call to one’s side in order to teach, comfort, strengthen or motivate to respond act in a certain way. The term also means “to pour courage into another person.” Before an individual can encourage someone else, however, that person must have first been encouraged. What do you have that you have not first received? So the Scriptures ask.

Picture this: You are about to begin your day with a refreshing drink of tropical fruit juices in a tall glass that is nearly full. A thought occurs to you that you would like to share this early morning treat, and so you get out another glass of the same size, and you pour the drink back and forth into both glasses, making sure that drink is well mixed. You then have two glasses that are half-full so that you can fill each one and share the refreshing drink with a friend. So it is with our encouraging one another or filling our lives with words that comfort and encourage.

Note the words of this benediction expressed in 2 Corinthians1:3-4

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Amplified Bible (AMP)

3 Blessed [gratefully praised and adored] be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts and encourages us in every trouble so that we will be able to comfort and encourage those who are in any kind of trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God

Throughout the New Testament we find encouraging words that encourage believers to encourage one another:

Romans 1:12 speaks of this reciprocal relationship:

When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.
Some individuals are gifted in this area, like Barnabas, whose name literally means “son of consolation or encouragement,” their “spiritual long-suit” is the ability to strengthen and encourage others.

Romans 12:8 in the New Living Translation offers these words:

If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

Paul closes the 2 Corinthians with these word that we likewise can apply to our lives today:

2 Corinthians 13:11

[Paul’s Final Greetings] Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.

A recent blog post discussed the return of Jesus Christ, a source of great hope for believers living today.1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 relates this hopeful message and concludes by saying,

18 So encourage each other with these words.
These two concluding passages also reiterate this message:

2 Thessalonians 2:16 (Amplified Bible)

16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting comfort and encouragement and the good [well-founded] hope [of salvation] by His grace, 17 comfort and encourage and strengthen your hearts [keeping them steadfast and on course] in every good work and word.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT):

24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Reflecting on the Verse of the Day and other related verses inspired these words:

Encourage

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,

just as in fact you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Don’t stop now—keep on pursuing
Keep seeking His face
Don’t get weary in well doing
You must keep the pace
Seek and you shall find
The strength to be transformed–
Renewed in the spirit of your mind
Encourage yourself
And encourage one another
Build each other up
Every sister and brother
Speaking the truth, we grow up
Therefore, encourage one another

We conclude with the accompanying video “Encourage one another,”a compilation of the same verse from I Thessalonians 5:11 and other scriptures and words of encouragement from Kimberly Culpen. May we all be strengthened and encouraged tod

Sanctified, set apart for God

November 18, 2017

John 1717 [widescreen]

The Verse of the Day for November 18, 2017 comes from the prayer Jesus Christ offers to His Father in the garden before he goes to fulfill His destiny as the Savior of the World:

John 17:17 (AMP)

Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.

John 17:17 is part of the final prayer that the Lord Jesus prays before his crucifixion and ultimate resurrection, as he notes,  “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message”(John 17:20). The Lord refers to a group of people who are to be “sanctified, purified, consecrated, set apart for the purposes of God.”

In the Old Testament we find that the Children of Israel were such sanctified ones:

Exodus 31:13

Say to the Israelites, Truly you shall keep My Sabbaths, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you [set you apart for Myself].

In the New Testament born-again believers were likewise set apart by God:

1 Thessalonians 5:23

And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

In a similar manner to Jesus Christ’s prayer in the Garden, Paul expresses this desire for the believers at Thessalonica:

2 Thessalonians 2:13

But we, brethren beloved by the Lord, ought and are obligated [as those who are in debt] to give thanks always to God for you, because God chose you from the beginning as His firstfruits (first converts) for salvation through the sanctifying work of the [Holy] Spirit and [your] belief in (adherence to, trust in, and reliance on) the Truth.

In the tabernacle and temple every vessel and article of furniture was dedicated, even the priests themselves and their garments were consecrated wholly for the service of God. Likewise, in the Temple of the Living, believers are to be sanctified and set apart solely for the purpose of serving God. In reflecting upon our being sanctified and set apart, this poem came to mind:

Sanctified Vessels

Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter,

he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified

and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.

II Timothy 2:21

 

We offer these yielded vessels, now sanctified,

Set apart and consecrated for God’s glory,

Transformed from faith to faith, from victory to victory.

Tested in the furnace of affliction and tried

Seven times as silver, as gold is purified,

We have been purged to be a vessels of honor,

Prepared and made suitable to serve even more,

Even as the Lord presents his beloved bride.

As miracles revealed, no longer to conform

And be poured into the molds of this present age

But beholding fullness of glory to transform

Our total being into His glorious image.

Set apart in a place where miracles abound,

Through these sanctified vessels God’s praises resound.

We conclude these comments with “Vessels of Honor” by the Maranatha Promise Band: