Thursday, April 5, 2012

"Encourage One Another"

"Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see." Matthew 11:4

John baptized Jesus, heard the voice of God come from heaven declaring that Jesus was His Son, saw the dove descend upon Him, and even testified that Jesus was "the Lamb of God". A short time later we see John sitting in prison questioning whether Jesus was the One who was to come or not. He sent his disciples to ask Jesus if He truly was the one or should they be looking for another. Jesus told these disciples to, "Go and tell John what you have seen and what you have heard."

You would think that there would have never been any question for John that Jesus was truly the Messiah after his experience at Jesus' baptism, but he did. There are times that we all face trials and difficulties that make us "question" what we know. These trying times can make us wonder if we are really believing the truth or have we missed it. It is in those times that we need to look back and remember when the truth enlightened our heart and we knew that it as so. But it is also in those times that we need someone to come along beside us and encourage us to remember.

Jesus told John's disciples to go and tell John what "you" have see and heard me do and say. He didn't tell them to go an tell John what "he" saw and heard. When we see a brother or sister who is struggling, or whose faith is becoming weak because of the situation they are facing, we need to pray for them, but we also need to encourage them by sharing what we know. We need to share our testimony with them. It is time for us to share with them the things that we have "seen and heard". As we encourage them, it will remind them of their own testimony and our two testimonies together will reaffirm what they know and that it is the truth.

So when you see a brother or sister struggling in the battle, be one who will encourage them in what you have seen God do and what you have heard Him say through His word.

Have a great day. Be an encourager to those who are in a place of weakness by sharing your testimony of Jesus with them so that their faith will be reaffirmed.

For further reading:
1 John 1:3
Malachi 3:16
Hebrews 12:12
Acts 16:40; 28:14,15

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