Encourage One Another

March 26, 2011 Donna New

We all sin. I do. Do you? I sin mainly with my thought life. I can get pretty ornery there. Moses sinned with anger – hitting the rock to make water come out instead of waiting on his God. Paul said of himself he was the chief of sinners. Poor Peter denied the Lord at His most needy time. So we’re in good bad company.

How do we find forgiveness for our sin? Guilt is a heavy burden to bear. Confess and He will forgive like a river of cleansing to wash every spot away. He does this from the cross. Back in time He’s washing our future sins away. So that just when we need it it’s there for us.

Between each other we need to be patient. If I’m a sinner and you are we need willingness to wait for each other to get it right. An encouraging sister can be just what I need when I’m condemning myself for a sin. “But encourage one another daily while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception.” Hebrews 3:13

A man named Mark was serving alongside Paul and Barnabas to reach those who need to know Jesus. Mark went home in the middle of the journey for some reason. On the next journey Barnabas wanted to take Mark again and Paul did not because he wasn’t strong enough to get through a journey. But Barnabas went a separate way and took Mark with him. Barnabas encouraged Mark and kept him from being hardened by sin. Paul eventually requested Mark go on a journey again because he was helpful to him. We should be a Barnabas to each other.

This is not about serious sins. They are forgiven but are handled in a different way.

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Entry Filed under: Guilt Free,Humility,In Our Heart,Judge Not

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