Friday, December 4th
“Encourage One Another”
1 Thessalonians 5:8-12
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…”
During this season of Advent, we generally think of preparing our hearts for the coming of the Christ child. However, it is more than that. In this passage, the Apostle Paul is reminding believers that we are the children of light waiting for another Advent, the second coming of Christ. As followers of Christ, we, like the ones in Paul’s day, may get discouraged and perhaps become complacent in our wait. Paul instructs us to put on “faith and love as the breastplate, and hope of salvation of as a helmet.” He then reminds us that we receive salvation through Christ who died for us so that we may live together with Him.
During this time of pandemic, political division, injustices, and changes in our normalcy, including how we are celebrating Advent. It is easy to become discouraged and defeated. But wait! Paul’s words “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up” are as important today as they were when he wrote them. As we go about our busyness during this season, let us remember to be positive people of faith, be more sensitive to people’s needs, have a generous heart and be a reason of light and encouragement to all as we prepare for the Advent of the past and the future Advent. Words from an old hymn by Alfred Ackley, bring us words of encouragement: “There’s a new day dawning: Then arise O Children of light. Arise and Sing.”
Prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, thank you for the hope of our salvation in Christ Jesus and the opportunities we have to share your love to others. Amen