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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

Love one another; honor one another

May 24, 2017

Romans 12--10 KJV

The Verse of the Day for May 24, 2017 offers another strong word of encouragement to
love one another:

Romans 12:10 (AMP)

Be devoted to one another with [authentic] brotherly affection [as members of one family], give preference to one another in honor;

The New King James Version says this:

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;

We might joking say that believers are encouraged to take a side trip to “Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love,” since this is the term translated “brotherly affection.” The ESV goes on to say “Outdo one another in showing honor.”

Spoken word poet, Amena Brown reads selections from Romans 12, from The Voice, a new Bible translation, from which the Verse of the Day was taken.

The Verse of the Day also incorporates two principles of Christian living expressed as verbs applied in terms of how we should behave toward “one another.” In this case, love one another and honor one another, as these previously posted comments exhort us:

Love one another:

To decide, demonstrate, freely give and practice love:

The first thread whereby we must launch all relationships

And follow Christ’s command that we love one another.

Love is an essential element of life, and Jesus Christ is the model, the standard of love who offered this reminder:

John 13:34-35

 I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.

35 By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves].

Honor one another:

To place value on, respect and hold in high esteem:

Giving preference, we take the lead–we are intentional;

With genuine affection we honor one another.

Another vital component for building and maintaining fruitful relationships is honor.  To honor means to place value on, respect, to place esteem upon, to esteem. The word also means “to prefer—to go before, to lead, to be intentional.” Clearly, this is the essence of the latter part of Romans 12:10

Apostle John Tetsola comments, “Honor produces an exchange, in that when we give honor, we receive honor in return.” He elaborated upon this principle by stating that associated with honor is the “process of welcoming the person you honor in your heart, whereby you celebrate their anointing and receive the individual with gladness.” He calls this the “process of acceptance” which we apply when we honor one another.

The musical group Acapella offers this vocal reminder of actions that we can take, as we love one another and honor one another, and “Be Devoted”:

Love, honor, forgive one another

May 24, 2014

 

Romans 12 10

10 Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another. Amplified Bible

Here is a video reminder of this verse

The Verse of the Day for May 24, 2014 incorporates two of the seven principles for achieving successful relationships. Developed by Apostle Carolyn Warren of Equip U Ministries, these valuable, practical principles can be universally applied to “launch, challenge, and grow relationships.”

Each of the seven principles is expressed as a verb that connotes action when specifically applied in terms of what should be done to “one another,” a phrase that is used 31 times in the Scriptures.

1)      Love

2)     Honor

3)     Forgive

Love one another:

Love is an essential element of life. Jesus Christ is the model, the standard of love who offered this reminder:

John 13:34-35

 I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.

35 By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves].

Honor one another:

To honor means to place value on, respect, to place esteem upon, to esteem. The word also means “to prefer—to go before, to lead, to be intentional.” Clearly, this is the essence of the latter part of Romans 12:10

Apostle John Tetsola comments, “Honor produces an exchange, in that when we give honor, we receive honor in return.” He elaborated upon this principle by stating that associated with honor is the “process of welcoming the person you honor in your heart, whereby you celebrate their anointing and receive the individual with gladness.” He calls this the “process of acceptance” which we apply when we honor one another.

Song writer Jimmy Scott sings a composition “To Honor You,” a tribute to the memory of a loved one.

Forgive one another

In actuality, a third principle—that is—to forgive one another is incorporated in the first part of the Verse of the Day which encourages us to “love one another.”   An aspect of love is giving. Literally to forgive means to “give for.” You give to those who choose not to give. It has been said that you can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. John Oxenham reminds us of this truth:

Love ever lives, outlives forgives,

And while it stands with open hands it lives,

For this is love’s prerogative:

To give and give and give.

You actually could keep adding “and give” to last line ad infinitum. For such love expresses endless giving.

And so the Verse of the Day encompasses not only the exhortation to love and honor one another but also by implication to forgive one another.

Spoken word poet, Amena Brown reads selections from Romans 12, from The Voice, a new Bible translation, from which the Verse of the Day was taken.