989 MO-42 (Junction of Hwy 54 and Hwy 42) Osage Beach, MO 65065

January 13, 2022

When our son learned to walk, no one was prouder than his big sister, who was 4 at the time. She was the first to see him take two steps in a row. When I told her grandma that, she overheard me and said, “That was walking!” Big sis was going to make sure everyone knew her little brother wasn’t just taking steps – he was walking!

I was proud to see her so proud. Her response revealed her love for her brother. We should be so eager to celebrate each others’ accomplishments. When we see someone take a step in a right direction — no matter how small that step may be — we should be willing to offer our praise and encouragement. We should let them know that we have noticed their progress. What a difference do you think it might make in the life of a new Christian if someone is there to love them like a proud big sister or brother? What a difference do you think it might make in the ministry of a pastor if those he’s serving build him up?

Time and again, Paul emphasizes the need for encouragers in his letters to the New Testament churches. Real encouragement is about more than offering a compliment. Real encouragement is about expressing love through praise.

Who might need your loving encouragement today?

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV

Your Turn: Do you want to be an encourager? Our new mentoring program will pair women in a mutually encouraging relationship. If you have any interest in being either a mentor or a mentee, please attend our free Women’s Mentoring Luncheon right after the second service on Sunday, Jan. 30. Please register here so we can plan the meal: https://women-s-mentoring-luncheon-riverview-baptist-church.pushpayevents.com/booking/attendees/new

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