Bible Reading: Acts 15:30-35
Author: Mr. Tom Kennedy (Texas, USA)
Tuesday 16 July 2019 © The Upper Room.
Life was difficult for Christians in the first century because the culture they lived in was not attuned to the ways of Christ.  When people persecuted them for their beliefs, they became discouraged.  Judas and Silas are two whom God sent to encourage other believers, to help their faith become stronger.  In fact the words encourage and encouragement are used countless times in the New Testament.  Throughout the centuries, receiving encouragement has been important to all Christians as they grow and mature in their faith.

One morning as I was attending a conference and praying about something special I could do that day, God nudged me to focus on encouraging others.  That day God sent several people my way who needed encouragement.  As far as I could tell, I did not make a huge difference in anyone’s life.  It could be that someone’s life was changed and I didn’t know about it.  But that day I did learn that people appreciate and are strengthened by words of encouragement.  I also learned that each of us is encouraged as we encourage others.

Prayer: Dear God, lead us to people who need encouragement, and give us the words to strengthen their faith.  Amen.
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