One of the signs of a mature believer in Christ is his or her compassionate attitude towards those who are weak, helpless and downtrodden.
Our goal is not to wait for people to encourage us but rather to be proactive in encouraging others.
God’s Word challenges us in I Thessalonians 5:14: “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.”
At the Senior Adult Fellowship monthly Thursday Bible Study meetings, we constantly talk about how to put into practice what we have learned together, i.e. to be an encourager to one another. The following are some practical steps we deliberated upon, which we pray God will help us to act on. We seek our best to encourage one another by…
Expressing our appreciation for the little things that people do for us, and being thankful to God for the gifts we receive.
Nurturing young believers in their Christian faith through studying the Bible together with them.
Caring for the sick and comforting the bereaved by our presence. “weep with them that weep” – Romans 12:15b. Visit the sick and attend wake services.
Opening our homes to entertain one another and especially to those who are new in the church. “Use hospitality one to another without grudging” – 1 Peter 4:9.
Urging those young in their faith to draw closer to God’s people through the various activities of the church, e.g. Discipleship groups, Adult Bible Classes, etc.
Rejoicing with those who rejoice. Participate cheerfully at special functions to celebrate special occasions, e.g. birthdays, new home, anniversaries, etc.
Assuring others of our prayers for them and taking the challenge to pray earnestly to the Lord for their ministry or for their spiritual walk in the Lord.
Giving to those who are poor and to those who are in need of financial assistance.“…for God loveth a cheerful giver” – II Corinthians 9:7b.
Exhorting young believers to persevere in their faith and Christian walk. Share with them our testimonies of God’s goodness and grace.
These are some practical things that we can do to build up the church of Christ and to unite our hearts together to serve the Lord. Let us pray that the Lord will enable us to exercise our Christian faith by being a doer and not a hearer only.