“I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong – that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:11–12
Life is challenging! Need I say more? It seems as if each day has new struggles of its own, and they begin to stack up, one upon the other, like unstable building blocks. Until it comes to the point, we are just holding our breath, waiting for those blocks to come tumbling down around our heads.
Why can’t I do more? Why did I lose my temper? Do my efforts even make a difference? Paul the writer of the book of Romans, wants to impart the believers in Rome with a spiritual gift, and that gift that makes them strong, is simply sharing their faith with each other.
I recently received an email from a dear friend, she shared her busy and beautiful life with me, but I could sense the building blocks were beginning to sway. So, I shared my faith with her. I encouraged her to let go of her expectations and to rejoice in the Lord that loves us, right where we are. Her efforts did make a difference. We all need to let go of the “should have” and “what if’s” and embrace the forgiveness and love of Christ.
She in turn, encouraged me through her faith.
When will we come to terms with the truth? God did not make us to stand alone, He made us to be in community with each other. Hence, all believers are together called the body of Christ. Step back, let go; allow those building blocks to fall. We don’t have to live the perfect life, when we know we are perfectly forgiven. Encourage each other. We all need to hear it from time to time.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the encouragement we receive from you every day in your Word. Thank you for your constant love and forgiveness of us. Help us in turn to encourage and love others. In Jesus’ name. Amen
For further reading: Romans 1