Sunday, October 28, 2007


We learned about discipleship in church today. Pastor Tim gave us a great definition of love: A commitment to the best of another person. The best for every person is always a right relationship with the Lord. True love is helping others find the greatest joy, which comes only from a right relationship with the Lord. According to Philippians 2:4, we are to look out for the interests of others. This means that we need to go out of our way to pay close attention in order to serve others effectively. We are also supposed to encourage others.

Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

The Greek word for encouraging is "parakaleo." This same word is used in 2 Cor. 5:20 (urging people to be reconciled to God), 1 Peter 5:12 (giving courage to others), Jude 1:3 (urging someone to contend earnestly for the faith), Rom. 12:1-2 (strongly encouraging others with God's mercy), etc. Sometimes encouragement is extremely difficult. Telling someone that they are going the wrong direction is very difficult, but it is the most loving thing to do! It needs to be done. I pray that God would give me the boldness to stand up for the truth of His word, and make a difference in the lives of others.

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