The church should not be a place where we come to be criticized by the family. We are out there all week long and attacked by the world because of what we believe. We should not come to church and receive that same treatment from believers. When we come together, we need to learn to encourage one another. Love is what we come seeking and when we do not get it from our brothers and sisters in Christ, we tend to drift and become hurt and disconnected from the very people God intended to be our help.
1. All believers can struggle with sin in areas of their lives, even you.
Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Sin does not mean the end of the believer. It may be a setback, but how we deal with one who falls into sin can make all the difference in the world to the one who has fallen.
1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
2. Trials and troubles are part of every believer’s life. –
I Peter 4: 12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
Every Sunday there are people at church who have faced a multitude of trials and difficult times during the week. They come in needing a hug, or a smile or a word of encouragement. Are you giving them what they need or are you one who piles on and adds to their troubles? Think about it. Can your fellow church members depend on you? Will you step up and encourage someone this week? They need you! Don’t let them down.
Prayer: Father, may our church become a place of encouragement and help go those who are hurting. Let me be one who lifts up, not one who pulls down. Help others be there for me when I need it. May our church become a place where people can come and feel real love and compassion. I pray I Jesus’ name, amen.