One day I was reading in Hebrews chapter four, and in verse sixteen it says "to come boldly to the throne of grace and receive mercy."
Think about the people in your life that you "approach boldly." Who are the people you know you can talk to? Your spouse or loved one? A close friend or maybe your child? Someone you know accepts you? Who do you approach cautiously? Someone you don't know or maybe someone you had a conflict with; someone you aren't really sure about?
How many times do people shrink back or hide from God because they aren't sure if He accepts them? Maybe they have guilt, condemnation or fear. They have a misconception about how God views them, and it affects their relationship with Him. It's just like Adam and Eve way back in the very beginning. They sinned and hid from God. (As if you can really hide from God.) But God doesn't want us to hide from Him; He wants us to come boldly to Him so He can give us His mercy. He's saying today, "I don't care what you've done, come to Me. Let Me make you whole and new again."
Remember, it doesn't matter how many times you've made a mistake; it doesn't matter how many times you've blown it, God is always ready to receive you with open, loving arms. In fact, He's already forgiven you for anything you've done in the past and anything you will do in the future. Have confidence in His love, come boldly, and receive His grace and mercy today!
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Growing up, my mother taught my brother and me to always encourage others. She set the example for us, so encouragement came naturally in our home. I realize it doesn't come naturally to everyone; however, God has given each of us a heart of encouragement.
The best place to become a good encourager is to begin in your own home. Your words mean the most to the people closest to you. In our home, Joel and I are in the habit of encouraging each other and have passed that down to our children. When Joel and I were first married, I did everything I could to encourage him. I would pray for him and write down scriptures that I thought would bless him and leave them around the house where he would find them. One scripture that always made me think of him read, "You will serve before kings and not obscure men." I didn't even know at the time what this would mean to him, but since then he's told me, "The fact that you believed in me has brought tremendous strength to my life."
Encouragement is a part of who Joel is. Not only does he encourage me daily, but he looks for ways to encourage others. One day, I walked out to the back porch and Joel was sitting there scrolling through his phone. I asked him what he was doing and he said, "I'm scrolling through my phone contact list and asking God who I should encourage." From time to time, he'll just randomly encourage someone and let them know he's thinking of them and praying for them. He sows encouragement because he has a heart of encouragement!
Today, look for people to encourage. Go out of your way to be a blessing. It doesn't have to be anything major. Sometimes a smile or a kind text is all people need. Ask God to direct you and develop your heart of encouragement!
"But encourage one another daily..." (Hebrews 3:13, NIV)
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