Godly Encouragement


A Call to Community

Key Bible Verse: Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. (Hebrews 10:24)

Dig Deeper: Hebrews 10:23-25

In his compelling book The Good and Beautiful Community, James Bryan Smith teaches that we must distinguish between a false narrative and the true narrative for the spiritual life. The false narrative says, “The community serves my needs,” while the true narrative states, “The community shapes my life.”

Encouragement is not simply the act of lifting people’s spirits when they are sad or downtrodden. It is [also] the kind of encouragement we give one another to press onward in the faith. Smith refers to Hebrews 10:24-25, reminding readers that “transformation into Christ-likeness has been the aim and responsibility of the church from its beginning.”

One of the men in our neighbourhood embodies mutual encouragement. He is always thinking of the needs of others, and his actions speak louder than his words, prompting us all towards greater service. “I’m going to help Andrea move into her new home on Saturday. Since the divorce, she has so much more to handle on her own. I thought I would head over there about 9:00 in the morning and give her a hand.” Without being asked, many of us soon joined him in the effort. In turn, he was encouraged and affirmed, and ultimately a family in need was served.

– Bill Donahue in The Irresistible Community

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