MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER
The night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre, he was carrying: two pairs of glasses, a small velvet eyeglass cleaner, an ivory pocket knife, a large handkerchief with “A. Lincoln” stitched in red, a tiny pencil, a brass sleeve button, a fancy watch fob, 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 those clippings praised him. Everybody needs encouragement and that includes presidents.
Today is President’s day, as a nation we celebrate and honor all of our nation’s presidents. And we were reminded from Hebrews 10:24-25 in yesterday’s sermon the importance of encouraging and celebrating everyone. “Encouraging” means literally to call one alongside, to call someone to oneself, to call for, to summon. Encouraging can include the idea of giving help or aid but the primary sense in the New Testament is to urge someone to take some action, especially some ethical course of action. But always at the root there is the idea of enabling a person to meet some difficult situation with confidence and with courage.
Each of us are “called alongside” others to help them get through difficult situations courageously. Can you think of anyone recently who reached out to you or mentioned a difficult situation? Pray about a way that you might be able to follow up and be even more encouraging to them. Also ask God to help you recognize someone who may need encouragement today.