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Encourage One Another: “One Another” Spotlight

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The New Testament is generously seasoned with the phrase “one another.” One of these “one anothers” that comes up three times is “encourage one another.”

Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. - 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NASB

not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. - Hebrews 10:25 NASB

But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. - Hebrews 3:13 NASB

Look at the power of encouragement!

We are told to encourage one another to break the power of sin to harden us.

Think about the way sin works in a believer’s life.

If you are anything like Adam and Eve it might go down like this.

That old foul-mouthed liar tempts you.

You look at the beautiful cookie. (I am quite sure it was a cookie tree – that forbidden fruit – don’t you think?) It sure looks like it would taste good. And that smell… It’s beautiful, and old scaly, he said it would make me wise like God. I need that cookie!

But when you eat it you get the big surprise. You do in fact know something you never have known before – shame.

Your favorite thing to do every day was to walk with the Lord – to talk with Him – to laugh – to love.

But now you were not looking forward to seeing the One who made you, the One who loves you. Instead there was a twinge of something new in your stomach.

Is it fear?
Is it guilt?
Is it shame?
Is it self-loathing?

Oh the wonders of the knowledge of good and evil.

Apparently you already knew good – what you have now is the knowledge of what evil does to a man or woman’s heart.

Thanks for that, you liar!

So now, Christian – though you know somewhere deep inside that Jesus has paid for your sin – bore your shame –cleansed you from ALL unrighteousness – in the pit of your stomach there is a “run and hide” working.

So you pull out a bolt of fig-leaf camouflage and start putting together a ‘run and hide in the bushes’ outfit.

The lie of sin is not just in the temptation. It’s always a lie that gets you to sin in the first place, but the bigger lie is what it does with your mind and heart after the fact. Somehow – so says your recently fooled heart – Jesus – who, by the way, died for you when you were His enemy – no longer loves you because you sinned.

What you need right now is a brother or sister. One who will encourage you with some truth. One who will pull down some fruit from the tree of life – a nice tasty morsel of living word.

So what about today – what day it is? Oh – check it out – it’s today!

But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. - Hebrews 3:13 NASB

Hey – have a great day – and encourage someone TODAY.

BN Writers Page 150Thanks for stopping by.

Keep shining.

Ben

 

11 thoughts on “Encourage One Another: “One Another” Spotlight

  1. Rosemarie Kirchner

    Thank you Ben for all the encouragement (and admonition) you send out daily through Another Red Letter Day. And also for the leadership in worship and teaching for our home group. You're a blessing to all of us!

    Love, Rosemarie

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  2. Sue C.

    Hi Ben: This sure speaks to what I divulged in my post, "But Lord, You said..." The enemy is always waiting, watching, and ready to strike. I think what we're doing with our posts is encouraging one another. And, are you sure it was a cookie? I smell the aroma of fresh baked bread waffing through the garden. 🙂

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Perhaps fresh bread - i could believe that.

      And I agree - the blogs i connect with are doing exactly that - sometime correcting, and adjusting my focus, and sometimes giving me the pat on the back I need to know i am moving in the right direction.

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    1. Ben Nelson

      This is an area where I believe you have a master's degree. You are a great encourager through your poems, and posts, and generous comments.

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