In our Simple Truths Bible study this week we discussed how important the body of Christ is, and what being connected to each other offers us. The early believers were great examples of how we are to interact and encourage one another as we go about life.
Acts 2:42 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” We can see through this example that their relationships were healthy, needs were being met, worship was a regular part of their lives and the Lord multiplied them. What great news and a great example for us to pattern our relationships after!
We all know there are hard times that we go through and having someone that is like-minded that we can lean on for prayer and encouragement is very beneficial to us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” We serve a merciful God that gives us mercy and comfort in our tribulation, and we can in turn do that for others that need comfort and mercy.
1 Corinthians 12:12 “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.” When we receive Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior we join the family of God, within that family we are to love and serve the Lord as well as each other.
Romans 15:5 “Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.”
I challenge you to reach out to someone in the local family of God and encourage them in some way this week. This will not only be a blessing to their life but will offer encouragement to you as well.