Being together and being part of a community is about more than just being around other people, it’s about the quality of interactions too. Talk with many leaders and you’ll discover that there’s an epidemic that is being fought against, and has been for quite some time: an epidemic of negative. There’s lots of bad stuff in the world, so much that you can pretty much go anywhere and find examples of decay, damage or disease. But it’s about more than slapping on a fresh coat of paint or finding a cure for AIDS or other “incurables”. It’s about supporting each other emotionally and mentally.
When Jesus was on earth doing His ministry there are countless examples of how He took care of people physically: from healing illnesses to feeding people. But Jesus also took the time to care for people emotionally. What He knew that we sometimes ignore is that some of our physical illnesses and handicaps are just as much mental and emotional as they are physical.
A key part of who we are is how we feel about ourselves and the world around us, as well as the mental and emotional feedback we get from the people in our lives. When they treat us like dirt we tend to see the world through dirty eyes. How people treat us definitely colors our opinions and the choices we make.
Throughout the Bible though God’s wisdom and command was not to spread the evil in the world or share rumors or lies, but to encourage one another. God didn’t say this so we would all have absolutely huge egos or think that no one else is valuable but ourselves, but because he knows that we all need reassurance that we do have value, we’re not alone and someone else knows we’re there.
Who will you choose to encourage and support this week?
“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11