To be an encourager
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 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. Hebrews 10:23-25
Christians have more tendencies to become weaker in their faith when they begin to isolate themselves from other believers. In a recent study released by London School of Epidemiology found out that Christians engaging in fellowship in the church context helps in overcoming depression and discouragement. Encouragement provided in times of fellowship offers strength to one another. Trials and difficulties that come to life could be harsh and brutal. These are the times that encouragements from others become valuable. From the text, the author of Hebrews, urged Christians to find those that need encouragement. The call is to come alongside someone dealing with difficulties and exhort not to give up in the race of life. This could take place when each member of the body of Christ will look around and with sensitivity to the needs of others, will be willing to take a step of faith and respond. God wants His children to fight off unwillingness to minister to others; exhorting others should become a way of life. You strengthen others every time you show up and you deprive others of the opportunity to be encouraged by your absence. Have you prayed for someone that you can encourage in their walk with the Lord? Facing trials in life could be overwhelming when one faces them alone. This is why God could use the church to help others in their spiritual walk. Let your presence in the gathering of believers become a source of strength for others. “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us” (2 Corinthians 1:4). As life becomes more difficult and as the enemy continues to promote false teachings that weaken believers in their faith, it is all the more important to gather together and encourage one another to draw strength from the life that comes from Christ Jesus.