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THE POWER OF POSITIVE WORDS

Hebrews 10.15 says “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

According to this passage, encouragement is to be given when we meet together. Sure we can send SMSes, write a note or email, but the verse says we should do it when we are physically together, perhaps because proximity makes it more effective. And we are to do so more and more not less and less, as the Day of Christ’s return draws nearer.  That’s because the battles will get tougher, and Satan will try even harder to knock us down.

Once during the church announcements, a fellow pastor wished all dads “Happy Fathers Day!” I heard the greeting. But after I finished preaching, I returned to my seat and someone tapped me on the shoulder and said “Happy Father’s Day”. It was a world of difference hearing a general announcement for all fathers, and someone physically tapping my shoulder and saying in my ear: “Happy Fathers Day”. A touch, a word spoken directly was far more powerful and encouraging.

Someone once said, “I’m very proud of you…” And I wondered what I had done. “You parked your car within the white lines!” Something minor, but when there is sincere praise, you feel good even if it is about something minor. At the very least it made me smile.

Thank God for my family! My wife leaves notes expressing love.  My daughter once wrote “Am proud to have you as my pop.” My son sent an SMS as I prepared to preach: “Praying for you pops.”

Recently I had breakfast in a food court, then took out my Bible to read. After a while one of the attendants came up to me with words on a piece of paper which said, “Are you a Christian?” After a while, I realised he was mute. We “conversed” briefly on paper. I asked him which church he was from. He scribbled “Faith Community Baptist.” I asked his name. He scrawled “David”. I wrote mine. We smiled and shook hands. In seconds we had become pals. Before I left I popped into the kitchen area where he was washing trays to say goodbye. It was the least I could do after his encouragement! A brother in Christ reached out to me simply because he saw me reading my Bible. He could not speak, but his smile, his handshake and his enthusiasm spoke volumes. You don’t have to say much to encourage. Just do it.

 

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“Like a tree planted by
streams of water,
which yields its fruit in 
season” 

(Psalm 1:3)

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