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It is written:
1 Thessalonians 5:14-Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.
When the Apostle Paul wrote these words to the brethren, they were facing some difficult and trying times.
Much like today!
I want to suggest some things we can do to encourage each other. These tips are very basic and practical, but they can go a long way to encouraging.
1. Send someone an encouraging message. You can text, or send a Facebook message, or some other messaging platform. It doesn’t have to be a Hallmark card or a book: just let someone know you are praying for them.
2. Give someone a card. Speaking of Hallmark cards….how about sending someone who is going through a hard time a card through the mail?
3. Pick up that telephone. How about giving someone a phone call? Personal visits like this can go a long way. If we cannot go out and visit someone personally, then use the phone! My Dad tells me in regard to dialing phone numbers, “Let your fingers do the walking.”
4. Give someone a gift. I don’t mean a Price Is Right gift: I mean just a small token of appreciation. It could be as simple as a key chain or a bookmark.
5. Food? I know a lot of churches that make food for people who visit or who are shut in. Why not give someone a candy bar? Or make them a meal?
I know things are rough in our day and age: but a simple act of kindness can go a long way.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.