Sunday, January 24, 2021

How We Can Help Each Other Grow Through Difficult Times (pt. 4)

"There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all. However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ… we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love."   Ephesians 4:5-7, 15-16

  1. By affirming each other's worth

    • With acceptance
      "Accept each other just as Christ has accepted you…"  Romans 15:7

    • With attention
      "Give special attention to those who are in the family of believers."  Galatians 6:10

    • With affection
      "Love one another with brotherly affection as members of one family…"  Romans 12:10

    • With appreciation
      "Honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!"  1 Thessalonians 5:12

  2. By praying for each other's growth.

    "I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God."  Ephesians 1:16–17

  3. By admitting our own mistakes.

    "Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results."  James 5:16

  4. By encouraging each other's commitment.

    "Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 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 10:23–25