Wednesday, February 13, 2013

True Encouragement

Have you noticed that everybody needs encouragement, genuine and sincere encouragement, at least sometime in day-to-day life? The surest, the most true way that I know to encourage a Christian is to tell him where he is, the condition he’s in, and all that he has.

Christians are inside of Christ, and are a perfect and fully functioning part of Him, having everything He does because of where they are—in Him. They cannot fall from the place they were placed, they cannot change an eternal condition given to them, and they cannot lose the benefits they were not responsible for to begin with. They are simply the receivers of a monumental and timeless gift. It’s not their fault! But it’s theirs, nevertheless.

They are secure in Christ. While their worldly experience might be unpleasant now and pleasant later, ebb and flow (you know how it goes), still they will never lose what they’ve been given because they will never be taken from where they are.

Help them to see that, perhaps all over again, and you will have helped them deeply—maybe even yourself in the process.

Ephesians 1:3-8 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

In Christ, in Him, they’ve got it all. It’s likely that they’re going to need to be reminded of that. Maybe you will too.

(This is a transcript of yesterday's video. . .for those who'd rather read than watch.)

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