Encouragement is important to people. It can actually change the course of another person's day, week or life. We all go through difficult days in our lives. Encouraging words can give us hope in hopeless situations, inspire us to achieve things, assist us to deal with adversities and give us that extra lift to keep on fighting that battles of life.
1 Thessalonians 4:18
Therefore encourage one another with these words
If the Lord permits us to see each day the sun rises, let us take his presence with us wherever we go. We need to include God in our plans and ask him to lead and we follow. We need to listen to his voice and be obedient to his instructions. If we do these things, God will bless our lives and open new doors of opportunities for us each day.
6 “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Forgiveness will help to give yourself and the forgiven person freedom and peace. Some people want God to forgive them but are not willing to forgive those who may have wronged them. Forgiveness is a two way street. The lack of forgiveness in our lives will cause us to live unhappy lives. Forgive to be forgiven. Let us free ourselves from stress and anxiety that are associated with harboring ill will, bitterness, hatred and malice towards those who may have wronged us.
4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us
Roy Graneau is the full-time preacher for the South Edmonton Church of Christ.