Good afternoon! Happy “Positivity Challenge Month! I hope your day is going well. Remember to take one day at a time and spend more energy putting positive thoughts, words and actions into the atmosphere instead of negativity. Surround yourself with people who will speak life into your life.
TFTD: Stop tearing one another down-ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER
1 Thessalonians 5:11(NIV)
11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
The world does a pretty good job of teaching us how to belittle one another, tear each other down, gossip, bully, and the list goes on. As believers, we shouldn’t operate as the world does. We shouldn’t walk around quoting John 13:34-35 (NIV), 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” then turn around and curse our brother and sisters. We have to stop tearing one another down and start encouraging one another.
Every day people are faced with ridicule or negativity either at school, work, home, or in their community and the last place they should have to face it is in the church. The Word of God tells us to encourage one another and build each other up. Since this is Scripture, why are there so many Christians tearing other people down, why are people being mistreated or even shunned because they are different and why are people experiencing a level of hurt that they have never felt before in the church? I would venture out to say that it’s hard to encourage others when you are not filling your spirit with the things of God. It’s great to quote scriptures, but there’s more power when you can live the scriptures.
When God commanded us to love one another he knew that we couldn’t do it on our own. God knew we needed an example to follow so He sent us Christ. We have to love like Christ loves us because we are incapable of loving like that without His Spirit within us. The more you hang around Christ the more it will show in your life. It’s time to stop tearing down one another and start encouraging one another. Someone may come into your presence today and they may be ready to give up on life and how you treat them can be the deciding factor on what they do. Choose to encourage everyone you see. It’s time to share the love of Christ through encouragement.
Have a blessed day.
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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