Devotional · Encouragement

Encouraging Words for Today

I absolutely love working in a Christian school, and having the opportunity for my child to get a Christian education. Every Wednesday we have chapel, and today’s message was simple, yet so profound. It really spoke to my heart, and I thought about different ways of interpreting the message.

Picture this:

Four kiddos are competing in a race where they have to run, drink a cup of water, and come back to the starting line.

Child 1: can not use arms

Child 2: can use only one leg

Child 3: can not see

Child 4: can use all body parts

The pastor wanted the children to take away this lesson:

We all have different talents that make up the body of Christ and we are to use those talents to glorify God. 1 Corinthians 12:14-20 says…

For in fact the body is not one member but many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?  But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.  And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.  And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 

As I was listening to the message, I thought about the different weaknesses each child had to overcome as they were trying to complete the race. We ALL have weaknesses. Absolutely no one is perfect except our God. When we start looking down on others upon their weaknesses, but not thinking about our own, we are not doing anyone a favor.

How many times have we put down our spouse (or anyone else, really) for their weaknesses? Instead of uplifting and encouraging, we hurt with our words and actions. I am surely guilty of judging and putting others down. But that is what Satan wants us to do.

Dear spouses, dear followers of Jesus: let’s help each other instead of putting each other down. Let’s use the power God gives us to encourage, because we all have our own weaknesses. When we understand and uplift each other, we are functioning the way God wants the body of Christ to function. Let me tell you, it’s something I try to remind myself every day, because it’s not an easy thing to do at all times.

Hurt someone with words or actions? There is no shame in saying, “I’m sorry.” Those two little words break down mountains.




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