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04/21/2011

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Encouraging - Who, How And When


"Josiah celebrated the Passover to the Lord in Jerusalem....He appointed the priests to their duties and encouraged them in the service of the LORD"S temple" (2 Chron. 35: 1-2).

After a few really rotten kings, Josiah ascends the throne of Judah. By really rotten I mean that they did not humble themselves before the Lord and forgot about The Law. "Josiah was eight years old when he became king and he reigned in Jerusalem for thirty one years. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord" (2 Chron, 34:1-2). Josiah made religious reforms and the priests to do their priestly duties which had been neglected for quite some time. There are three basic questions that must be answered when it comes to being and encourager.... They are simply, who, how and when. As far as the who is concerned, it means everybody! We ought to begin with those closest to us, as family and friends, and extend it out to all of our acquaintances. It will have a ripple effect, especially within a congregation of believers. The how is all about acceptance. We need to accept people as they are without being judgmental. We don't have to love the condition that they are in, only be accepting and kind. The when means at the time that they need encouraging. We must remember that it is when they need it and not us. The implication to us, the encouragers is also important. Encouraging begins with the love for others that Jesus taught. We are to be sensitive to the right moment to encourage, using the right touch in letting them know that you care. Our words should be chosen carefully, as we reflect our feelings toward their needs. It takes some work to be a Barnabas, but the rewards are immeasurable, for them and for us...Let's try to be the sunshine in a person's cloudy day....

Have a wonderful day...RAKs are encouraging.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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