Encourage One Another

I Peter 3:8,9
Finally, all of you, be of one mind, having compassion for one another. Love as brothers. Be tenderhearted, be courteous, not returning evil for evil, or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, returning blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you might inherit a blessing.

The Bible talks often about the “one another” concept. Pray for one another, love one another, encourage one another, forgive one another. I Peter 3:8 & 9 is a good reminder that tells us that if we want to be blessed, we need to bless others as well. It’s our calling. This is not really a conditional promise that says you must bless in order to be blessed. It one of those natural consequences. When you are encouraging and blessing others, you are blessed in return.

I remember one day when my friend called and asked, “Are you going to be home for a little while?” I said yes, and she replied, “Good. I’m bringing you some roses.” And she did. They were gorgeous. What a blessing they were to me! And she told me often how much it encouraged and blessed her to be able to share her flowers with friends.

Why not think of some little things - or maybe even big things - you can do today to encourage someone you know? Write a note, call, say a kind word, or in some other way brighten someone’s day. My friend, I encourage you today to be a blessing to someone else and I guarantee you will be blessed, too!

Father, thank You for the joy of serving you by serving one another.

By Ann Shorb
©Copyright Ann Shorb, 2007

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