In our times of difficulty, we can use those times to encourage others. During our darkest hours, we can intercede for another. We can be an encouragement. During those last few seconds of Stephen’s life, he interceded for those who were stoning him.
“While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.” (Acts 7:59-60 NIV)
Paul encouraged others as often as he could. During his imprisonment, Paul used that opportunity to encourage the Believers. Though he was locked away, Paul used those dark times to encourage others. During his lonely times, Paul (through the Holy Spirit) wrote letters to build up the Believer. As he waited for his execution, he used his most troublesome times to strengthen someone else (2 Timothy 4). And after all those years, Paul’s letters are still strengthening and encouraging us.
Therefore my sister, we can use our season of pain, our hardship, our dark times to encourage someone else. We can volunteer at an elderly facility. Feed the homeless or mentor a young person. We can run errands for that person who is without transportation. We can encourage someone with a phone call, by text or by an email, and we can always pray and intercede for others (1 Tim. 2:1). We can give our loved ones a big hug and smile. Although we may be experiencing tough times, there are still ways we can be an encouragement to someone else.
Jesus took His final hours to encourage His followers. He comforted and prayed for His disciples, and He prayed for us (John 14-17). Jesus was still thinking about others as He died on the cross. (Luke 23:34-43)
May we not become too consumed in our plight of darkness, our own difficulties, or our own “woe is me” moments that we miss a chance to bless, encourage, strengthen, and pray for someone else.
It’s Monday….already!! And it shall be a great day!
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” (2 Cor. 1:3-5 NIV)
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