Encourage One Another- Part 3
Welcome to the Cru's Letter! It's hard to believe how quickly the semester is going, as we're only two weeks out from Spring Break! I hope everyone's exams are going well and that you were able to enjoy the incredible weather that we had Friday and Saturday.
You may have noticed that the last two Letters have had the same heading, "Encourage one Another," and this week it is more of the same. What started out as me simply forgetting to change the heading before sending out last week's, has now turned into an idea to look at new ways of how we can be encouraging one another each week. Pretty cool how that mistake ended up working out!
This week we're going to look at how we can be an encouragement through building into one another. Proverbs 27:17 reads, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Think about two iron blades, if you rub them together they are sharpened, becoming more effective in their role/purpose of cutting. If we take two people, using the double-edged sword that is the Word of God and exhorting, encouraging, mentoring, and praying for one another, we will be sharpened too. One of the most profound roles that we can play in the life of a brother or sister is to be building them up in Christ and in their faith. Walking together, sharpening one another with grace and truth, love, compassion, advice, wisdom, and counsel (to list a few), are how we do this. Think about people like Paul, and Barnabas; they had a relationship where they encouraged one another as they were on their missionary journeys, pushing one another to draw near to God, while building each other up in the face of adversity. Their relationship is just one of so many relationships in the Bible that model this idea of man sharpening man. I'd encourage you to take a look at others, and to reflect on the relationships that you have with other believers. Are you being sharpened? Are you sharpening them? Ask yourself those questions and then think about ways in which you can begin or continue to do so. The relationships that we have are so important to our walk, and if we aren't encouraging others in them, we are missing out.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.