Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wednesday Words of Encouragement

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV) ~

"Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three is not quickly broken."

In the past month our congregation has experienced death and life.  I love these verses because it reminds me of the beauty of the body of Christ, the church, when it works properly.

It is wonderful to belong to a body of believers where people can minister to you and lift you up with words of encouragement and prayer. When you stumble and fall, friends will help you up, brush you off and get you going again. When you are discouraged, they will pray for you.

I saw this during the past month as our church body ministered to one family in their grief and rejoiced with another in their celebration. We provided hands to prepare food for a funeral, caring hugs for broken hearts, and hands to hold and rock a new baby, and provide gifts for a new mother.

Ecclesiastes says that if one falls his friend can lift him up. Isn't that a wonderful thought? We have something wonderful with other Christians in that we can come behind and help one another.  The body of Christ is meant to be a place where we can fellowship, worship together, and support one another.

What a beautiful picture of Christ through the hands of His people!