Today’s scripture: 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5
We have such great benefits as children of God. And one of the best is how we
have brothers and sisters to encourage us. And pray for us. Just as Timothy
encouraged the Thessalonian believers.
When I’m struggling with my health, I can ask my siblings in Christ to pray for
me. While I might not feel any better physically, knowing I’m being supported
in prayer certainly helps me emotionally.
Paul experienced the same encouragement throughout his ministry. Yet, he
sometimes felt concern that his fellow believers weren’t feeling encouraged
when they heard of his “afflictions.” And rightfully so.
Haven’t you sometimes felt discouraged when you hear about someone else’s pain
and suffering? You hear of a friend’s battling cancer or a colleague’s child is
in an accident. And you wonder why …
When these moments—or seasons—come, you have a great opportunity to bless
others by encouraging them. Even if all you do is pray—it’s more than enough.