TAKE CARE OF OTHERS
Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify
(strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing (1 Thessalonians 5:11 AMPC).
There’re Christians who got offended and almost gave up the faith because someone in their local church mistreated or disappointed them. That’s wrong. God didn’t tell us everyone in the church will like us, treat us well, and always be helpful to us. But He told you to like others, treat them well, and always be willing to help. So, it begins with YOU!
Don’t let the reason you’re the member of any particular church or group in church be that you’re looking for someone to help you; rather, develop a desire to render service, to help others. Acts 20:35 tells us that it’s more blessed to give than to receive.
If you felt ignored, rejected and uncared for, that should let you know what some others might be feeling too. So, take up the responsibility and look out for those in a similar situation and encourage and
strengthen them. That’s Christian ministry; it’s one of the beautiful blessings and privileges you get from being a member of a local church. The church—the local church—has a ministry, and God wants you to be a vital member.
There’s no one on earth who has no family; everyone belongs in a family. If you find that you’re the only one you know in your entire family, reach out and help someone else who’s lonely, and make them
part of your family. You should never be alone. Don’t live for yourself only. Be responsible for others, just as there’re leaders over you who are responsible for you.
Dear Father, I thank you for the opportunity to fellowship with others in the household of faith and be instructed, encouraged, strengthened, energized, and programmed by your Word for a great and glorious life. I take advantage of your grace at work in me to uplift, bless, help, and strengthen others in their faith-walk, to your praise and glory, in Jesus’
Hebrews 10:24-25; 2 Corinthians 13:11 NIV
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Galatians 1:1-24 & Ecclesiastes 9-12
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Luke 22:63-71 & 2 Samuel 3-4