Living Free Every Day®
"Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near." Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT
Thoughts for Today
Getting out of the black hole where life revolves around untruths and putting on a new life of light is a battle. And God tells us not to face the battle alone. Along with trusting him and asking the Holy Spirit to empower us, we are to motivate each other and spend time together. We need to choose and resolve that we will help and encourage one another to go on in the Christian life until we live in the light daily. And then we need to continue encouraging each other and praying for each other.
People struggling with depressionor any life-controlling problemtend to isolate themselves. Coming out of that isolation and allowing others to help and encourage is a vital step in recovery.
Not only should we allow others to help and encourage uswe should encourage them as well. "Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." Philippians 2:4 NIV
Father, forgive me for sometimes being "me"-focused. For hiding out from others in the family of God when I am struggling. For not reaching out to them when I see them in need. Help us to motivate each other to love and good works. In Jesus' name
These thoughts were drawn from
Understanding Depression: Overcoming Despair through Christ by Donald G. Miles, Ed.D. This study deals with depression, a condition common throughout the world, and is suggested for use in support groups and Christian counseling.
Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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