The Call to Encourage

God wants us to build each other up.

The Lord didn’t create the earth simply to be admired for its beauty, but to be the ideal habitat for the crowning glory of His creation—humankind.



When Jesus began His earthly ministry, He also focused on people. Wherever He went, He ministered to those with physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. So doesn’t it make sense that people should be our priority as well?

—Charles F. Stanley

So often, the news reminds us of all the ways humans are hurting. Especially lately, we see our communities suffering through global and national crises. But every so often, I read news stories about people who helped out when they didn’t have to.

 

For example, I recently learned about a man mowing lawns for veterans, the elderly, folks with disabilities, and even single parents in his community. He’s now traveled the country, providing free lawn care in all 50 states, and these efforts have grown into a nationwide movement, inspiring children and teens to mow lawns for their neighbors.

Throughout Scripture, we are urged to support one another by doing good and sharing what we have (Heb. 13:16), showing hospitality (Rom. 12:13), and bearing each other’s burdens (Gal. 6:2). Even the seemingly small act of acknowledging pain and offering a word of comfort can bring warmth and encouragement. And during such interactions, God may reveal a specific need that you can meet or a way that you can help.

These experiences won’t always be easy, but just as the Lord encourages us to serve and comfort one another, He promises to comfort and sustain us, too (2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Psalm 55:22). It’s important to remember that we were all created for and called to a life lived in community with one another.

 

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16 And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

2 Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,

4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

22 Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

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