The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


Church of Christ




Encourager or Discourager

"Its friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship. When other friendships have been forgot, ours will still be hot..." Cole Porter

I remember hearing this song as it was sung on the I Love Lucy Show. Lucy and Ethel sang it as a duet. You might want to google it to find the rest of the words... Its cute. Have you read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12? Today lets take a look at verse eleven. "Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?" It certainly looks like this is applicable to a good marriage, but I think the writer had broader implications. In a very general sense, there are often two classes of people in the world. Some of them are encouragers, and others are discouragers. If we hang out with the discouragers for very long, the gasoline gets sucked out of our tanks. By the time we are finished, we are emotionally drained. They haven't kept us very warm, have they! In a world that is at times a cruel and cold place, a real friend is a person who provides us with both physical and emotional warmth. When the trials that face us seem overwhelming, it is a friend that will try to provide emotional strength. "Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas, ( which means Son of Encouragement) sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the feet of the apostles" (Acts 4:36-37). Barnabas is an important figure in the Book of Acts, but every time I hear his name, I think.... "Encourager".... Perhaps an irony with the discouragers is that they probably don't think that they are bringing people down. As a real friend, we must measure the words we use carefully to make sure they are accentuating the positive. That is not to mean that admonishment is not needed from time to time, but a real friend always try to make others better. The hand print we are to leave on people's hearts is one that strives to make them better. It would be good, if when people heard our name, that they would think.... Encourager...

Have a great day... Friends make a difference... Love mark Phil.4:11

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