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Love one another and more

September 23, 2019

The Verse of the Day for September 22, 2019 offers this reminder of how we should behave toward fellow-believers:

Romans 15:7 (NIV)

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

The New Living Translation puts it this way:

So, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified.

The J.B. Phillips Translation offers this rendering:

So, open your hearts to one another as Christ has opened his heart to you, and God will be glorified.

In the Scriptures we find seven principles expressed as verbs which connote action specifically applied in terms of what should be done to “one another.” Here is a poetic summary of those principles:

We must learn to value and enhance relationships,
As we ever strive to nurture and to maintain them.
Within the One Body, with each sister and brother
As we love, honor, forgive and encourage each other,
We must admonish, serve, and make peace with one another.

To apply these seven principles, believers must apply the overarching principle expressed in Romans 15:7 and that is to “receive one another” that our lives may glorify God, our Father. His desire is that His children remain fruitful and bring glory to Him. Similarly, our desire is to give glory and honor to God by the way we choose to live. As believers, our heart’s desire is expressed in these lyrics:

Let our lives bring praise to you Lord, so the world will know that we are Yours.
Let our heart and soul sing of Your goodness.
May we proclaim each day new mercies and Your faithfulness.
As we apply Your Word and consider our ways,
May we praise Your name all our days

Let our lives bring praise to you Lord, so the world will know that we are Yours.
When we arise in the morning, we greet You.
With the dawning of a new day we rise to meet You.
When we begin with praise, somehow, we always find
Throughout the day You are on our mind.
Let our lives bring praise to you Lord, so the world will know that we are Yours.

The Verse of the Day also reminds us of the first principle: “love one another.” Each day we receive or accept one another, as we decide to demonstrate, freely give, and practice love: the first thread whereby we must initiate all relationships and follow Christ’s command that we love one another. The Lord further explains in

John 13:35 (New Living Translation)

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

Michael W. Smith offers comments and a spirited rendition of a “Love One Another.”

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

Power of encouragement

March 5, 2018

Quite providentially, the Verse of the Day for March 5 seems to follow-up perfectly the word of exhortation that was posted yesterday on the only day of the year that is a command: March 4th. Today the words spoken to Joshua also resonate within the lives of individual believers today:

Joshua 1:9 (NIV):

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

From a blog entry posted a year ago today comes the following excerpt:

In the midst of perilous times, circumstances that are said “difficult to deal with,” we often become intimidated. The pressures of life and the challenges that confront us try to make us timid and fearful. Many times the adversary of our souls seeks to make us feel inferior or not up to the task, assignment or purpose that God has inspired us to pursue.

The Verse of the Day from Joshua 1:9 is a great source of encouragement in midst of circumstances whereby we could be discouraged. Just as Joshua felt discouraged when he was confronted with the task of leading the Children of Israel into the Promised Land after the death of Moses, we also have similar concerns, as we move in transition into the next phase of our destiny in God.

Another related passage reminds believers to have no fear:

Isaiah 41:10, 13

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand,
Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’

These particular verses remind us that as believers we are not to fear. The comforting exhortation to “fear not” or “do not fear” occurs 365 times in the Bible, indicating a daily memo from God that we are to have no fear.

When we encounter similarly stressful situations that cause us to respond in fear, we are to be encouraged to seek the strength to overcome any obstacle that attempts to block our path to success.

We counter those attempts that seek to generate fear with reminders from the Word of God that instead of becoming more fearful and afraid, we are to be “fearless”: we should be bold, brave, composed, confident, unafraid, valiant, and courageous.

The Verse of the Day and related verses also bring to mind 1 Thessalonians 5:11,  inspiration for 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 close our discussion with “Encourage one another,” a compilation from 1 Thessalonians 5:11 and other scriptures and words of encouragement from Kimberly Culpen. May we all be strengthened and encouraged today.

Encourage and build each other up

June 5, 2017

1 Thessalonians 5--11

Many times the “Verse of the Day” is the perfect way to jumpstart the day, particularly on a Monday, as is the case today on June 5, 2017 where I Thessalonians 5:11 in the Message Bible provides great exhortation:

God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.

The Amplified Classic Bible says this:

Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.

Simply put, the New Living Translation states:

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

Without question, as believers we encounter countless situations where we need to be encouraged and to encourage others. Hebrews 10: 25 (NLT) reminds us of the importance of coming together to fellowship with one another and to encourage each other:

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.

Furthermore, we are to encourage one another every day:

Hebrews 3:13 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception.

As I went over the Verse of the Day and compared the scripture in a couple of other versions, I was inspired to write a few words of admonish, urge and encourage one another, expressed in this poem:

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.

Other scriptures also continue with similar words of encouragement:

2 Corinthians 13:11 (NLT):

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.

Chapter 4 of 1 Thessalonians opens with these words:

Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already, and we encourage you to do so even more

The chapter ends by focusing on the hope of the resurrection, with this final word of encouragement which we discussed in a recent blog post:

13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.

15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died.16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18 So encourage each other with these word

The accompanying video “Encourage one another” is 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond race relations: Encourage one another

July 24, 2016

1 Thessalonians 5--11

The blog post for July 24, 2016 continues the series based on the concept “It’s all about relationships,” the theme from a conference attended three years that related seven principles that can be universally applied to “launch, challenge, and grow relationships.” These principles can be universally applied in achieving and maintaining successful relationships, but they can also be specifically applied in an area of race relations, a critically important area in America today.

These seven principles are related to verbs that connote action when specifically applied in terms of what should be done to “one another.” The reciprocal pronoun used in the plural carries the notion of a group of people acting upon themselves, i.e., upon one another. For example, we are to “love another and so forth. . .”

1) Love

2) Honor

3)  Forgive

4)  Encourage

5)  Admonish

6)  Serve

7)  Make peace

Earlier posts have discussed the first three principles, and today we will talk about the fourth:

Encourage one another:

Among the signs of the times in the last days before Christ returns is the reference to “wars and rumors of wars” where “nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.” The word “nation” is translated from the Greek word “ethnos”—from which we get terms, such as “ethnic” and “ethnicity.” Clearly, we find the world is rampant with ethnic conflicts, both internationally as well as intra-nationally. Some of the clashes that we are witnessing in America are really conflicts among cultural groups: African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans and other ethnic groups. In the midst of rising conflicts of this nature, as believers we recognize from these indicators that the return of Christ is near, and we offer words of comfort and assurance, as “we encourage one another.”

Derived from the expression translated “to come along beside of” or “to comfort together,” or “to mutually encourage,” the phrase “encourage one another” is used throughout the New Testament, especially in the Church Epistles written by Paul. We find these words in Romans 1:12 (AMP):

When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.

In a situation where Paul could not be present, he sent Timothy to encourage the believers of Thessalonica in their faith:

1 Thessalonians 3:2 (AMP):

And so we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s servant in [spreading] the good news of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you [exhorting, comforting, and establishing you] in regard to your faith,

In a literal sense the expression means to “pour courage into each other.” Before one can give something to someone else, that individual must have received what the person gives to another. As believers, we receive from God the encouragement that we need so that we can then encourage and comfort others in their time of need. This is precisely the message of 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Amplified Bible (AMP):

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, 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. For just as Christ’s sufferings are ours in abundance [as they overflow to His followers], so also our comfort [our reassurance, our encouragement, our consolation] is abundant through Christ [it is truly more than enough to endure what we must].

A source of boundless encouragement and comfort in the midst of our perilous times is the hope of the return of Jesus Christ. Indeed, this the focal point of the letters written to the Thessalonian believers. Chapter 4 of 1 Thessalonians describes the return of the Lord Jesus Christ and the gathering together of those who have died in Christ along with those believers who are alive, offering these encouraging words:

1 Thessalonians 4:18:

18 Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words [concerning our reunion with believers who have died].

The words of encouragement continue in 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

For God has not destined us to [incur His] wrath [that is, He did not select us to condemn us], but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Ch1rist, 10 who died [willingly] for us, so that whether we are awake (alive) or asleep (dead) [at Christ’s appearing], we will live together with Him [sharing eternal life]. 11 Therefore encourage and comfort one another and build up one another, just as you are doing.

We close our comments with a passage from Hebrews 10:23-25 that offers this hopeful advice as to how and why and when we should be “encouraging one another”:

23 Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word]; 24 and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds, 25 not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching.

These words and other related scriptures remind believers:

To call alongside of and to call to be near,

In the midst of fiery trials that seek to beset us,

Comfort each other and edify one another.

“Encourage one another”, as this musical reminder tells us

 

 

Jumpstart the day: Encourage one another

June 5, 2015

1 Thessalonians 5--11Many times the “Verse of the Day” is the perfect way to jumpstart the day, as is the case today, June 5, 2015, where I Thessalonians 5:11 provides great exhortation:

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

Without question, as believers we encounter countless situations where we need to be encouraged. Hebrews 10: 25 (NLT) reminds us of the importance of coming together to fellowship with one another and to encourage each other:

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.

Furthermore, we are to encourage one another every day:

Hebrews 3:13 (Holman Christian Standard Bible):

But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception:

As I went over the Verse of the Day and compared the same scripture in a couple of other versions, I was inspired to write a few words to admonish, urge and encourage one another, expressed in this poem:

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.

Other scriptures also continue with similar words of encouragement:

2 Corinthians 13:11 (NLT)

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.

Chapter 4 of 1 Thessalonians opens with these words:

Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already, and we encourage you to do so even more

The chapter ends by focusing on the hope of the resurrection, with this final word of encouragement:

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18:

13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died.g]”>16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18 So encourage each other with these words.

The accompanying video “Encourage one another” is 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.