Encourage One Another

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  1. Matt22:37-39

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    Question: "Why is encouragement so important according to the Bible?"

    Answer: “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness,” Hebrews 3:13 tells us. First Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Throughout Scripture we see instructions to encourage one another and verses that are meant to encourage us. Why is encouragement emphasized in Scripture? Primarily because encouragement is necessary to our walk of faith.

    Jesus told His followers, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b). Jesus did not shy from telling His followers about the troubles they would face. In fact, He told them the world would hate them (John 15:18-21; see also Matthew 10:22-23 and 2 Corinthians 2:15-16). But Jesus’ grim forecast was tempered with cheer; He followed His prediction of trouble with a sparkling word of encouragement: He has overcome the world. Jesus is greater than any trouble we face.

    Without encouragement, hardship becomes meaningless, and our will to go on wanes. The prophet Elijah struggled with discouragement (1 Kings 19:3-10), and so do we. It is important to remember that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against . . . the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). This truth makes encouragement all the more important. It is not just that we face the world’s displeasure; we are caught in the crosshairs of a spiritual battle. When we are encouraged in Christ, we have strength to put on our spiritual armor and remain steadfast (see Ephesians 6:10-18).

    Even in places where Christians do not experience overt persecution or hatred, we all know that life can be difficult. Discouragement is not an uncommon human experience. At times, recognizing that there is meaning in the seemingly inconsequential things we do seems next to impossible. We may want to give up. Yet He who calls us is faithful, and He gives us the power to be faithful, too (1 Corinthians 1:9).

    A man in the early church named Joseph was given the nickname “Barnabas,” which means “Son of Encouragement” (Acts 4:36). What a blessing Barnabas was to the believers of his day! Through the encouragement of Barnabas, the apostle Paul was first accepted by the church in Jerusalem (Acts 9:27). Through the encouragement of Barnabas, Mark was given a second chance after an abject failure (Acts 13:13; 15:39).

    Encouragement makes it easier to live in a fallen world in a holy way. Encouragement makes it easier to love as Jesus loved (see John 13:34-35). Encouragement gives hope (Romans 15:4). Encouragement helps us through times of discipline and testing (Hebrews 12:5). Encouragement nurtures patience and kindness (see 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and Galatians 5:22-26). Encouragement makes it easier to sacrifice our own desires for the advancement of God’s kingdom. In short, encouragement makes it easier to live the Christian life.

    Without encouragement, life would soon feel pointless and burdensome. Without encouragement, we can be overwhelmed by the very real pains of our lives. Without encouragement, we feel unloved. Without encouragement, we begin to think that God is a liar or is unconcerned with our welfare. So, the Bible tells us to encourage one another, to remind each other of the truth that God loves us, that God equips us, that we are treasured, that our struggles are worth it.

    Encouragement gives us the will to carry on. It is a glimpse of the bigger picture. It can prevent burn-out. It can save us from believing lies (“sin’s deceitfulness”). Encouragement helps us experience abundant life (see John 10:10).

    Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” God’s Word is full of encouragement. Pleasant words, indeed.

    Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-encouragement.html#ixzz2VPfUva00
     
  2. righteousdude2

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    Does encouraging another person mean sending them a PM and saying, "I can see why you had a problem with pornography...you have no self control." And this isn't the first time, in a PM that you have reminded me of my past sin with porn. That is in my past, Matt22. So why are you commenting on it??? Me thinks that is an evil thing to do! :wavey:

    I can't think of the word that describes what you have done [maybe someone else can come up with a word or term to describe what you have done], Matt22, but, it would seem that you are far from "Encouraging me!"

    In the words of Jesus.....Matthew 4:10, which you should consider doing..."Get out of here, Satan!” Then He continued to say to the devil, “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.'" As for me, I will continue to follow the Word, and hold to it. My sins are forgiven, which is why I can serve Him today and tomorrow!!!

    Now, I do not know where you get off posting something about encouraging others, when you turn to PM's and put another member down for sins out of their past. Sins that are forgiven. Sins that have been removed as far as the East is from the West?"

    Need I remind you, like I do the devil: Satan, when you remind me of my past, you'd better think about your future! I read the book, from beginning to end and I know how it ends for you! Please do not think in any way that I am insinuating that you are a devil, it's just that one of the devils favorite tricks is to bring up our past sins!

    In short, your thread is a little contradictory, because what you do in public and in private [when the rest of the group is not looking] are at oppositie ends of the thought about "encouraging one another!" However, I am open to your apologies, and your promise to never again, harass me with PM's about past sins.:wavey:
     
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    I hear that mentioning of PMs in forum dialogue is against BB rules. :thumbs: :wavey:
     
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    RDude- Sounds like you need to block PMs from this person.
     
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    A tactic that, when used judicially, can keep your BP in the safe zone. ( As well as blocking posts from same)!! :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:
     
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    What she has done is to be evil. God has forgiven you and it is Satan who wants to remind you again of what you did in the past to make you live in oppression rather than victory. To use that against you is the lowest form of low and sheds even more light on this woman who claims the name of Christ.
     
  7. Matt22:37-39

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    Dude, I remember this one from you...

     
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    DUDE, I wouldn't have pmed you if you hadn't spammed one of my threads last night with as many of my other threads as you could...some you have gotten rid of. TO TOP IT OFF BROKE THE RULES AND NEVER SAID WHO THEY WERE FROM

    You want to play games..but your hypocrisy keeps biting you in the butt. See I wanted to talk to you on the phone and when you refused I knew you were not safe...plus the fact you never backed me up on the forum, but would attack as well...your true colors do shine through...and like I said you have no self control...but I have yet to meet a person who speaks in tongues who does.

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    ...shouldn't be much longer now. :wavey:
     
  10. Matt22:37-39

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    Yep you might get to get rid of two instead of just one....hey as far as I'm concern "alls fair in love and war"

    my work is probably done here anyway...got a lot of you thinking, for GODS WORD DOES NOT RETURN VOID!
     
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    What was your work? "Alls fair in love and war" means that sin is OK - do you really feel that way? You came to sin and now your work is done?
     
  12. Matt22:37-39

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    ...................:laugh:
     
  13. Matt22:37-39

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    Dude must have been talking about you Ann and your buddies.


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    This is getting ridiculous now. This stalker (Matt22) is now attempting to contact people on the telephone even though the person doesn't want to be contacted.

    Also, I'm surprised that a PM like this would go unpunished.

    This lady is very disruptive and does nothing except boast of her own accomplishments and sow discord among the brethren. People like this can be dangerous to the harmony in church and evidently on the Internet.
     
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    Well, that's a chapter for her memoir.

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