We affect each other!
Whether we like it or not, we can, through CHRIST, be uplifting and encouraging to ourselves and others.. or, we can be a real downer.
Have you ever been around a lover of CHRIST who whines and moans often?
I have and, yes, I too have been a “Deni Downer”.
I was reading the the Epistle of Philemon verse 1:7.
I imagine Paul is writing a letter about this dude Philemon who provides him encouragement. And he describes him like this. “Your love, dear brother, has brought me great joy and much encouragement! You have cheered the hearts of all God's people.”
Thank GOD, I do have people in my life who are my cheerleaders, my yay-sayers and those who help lift me up when I feel like I am sinking!
And.. I like to think, I have been there for others in the same capacity.
With all this being said... I remembered something big!
I no longer (and I do less and less) have to fear, be worried, or delve into the downs anymore! With CHRIST, I know that not only will I get through whatever trial I am facing - I remember how much HE has brought me through already!
I am told, warned even; that I will have challenges and trouble in this world!
But, I’ll look for my Philemon. Someone to cheer me on!
Sometimes we just need an encourager!
You know what I will not do? (Or at least try not to do?)
Complain and remain!!!
Romans 15:13 tells me to
be of good spirit and joy!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(And not just in the easy moments - but all moments!) and I can do this through CHRIST and through true encouragers of the WORD!