Read Romans 1:10-12 We don’t have to go far to find someone who can be discouraging to us. Whether it’s online on in person, the world has no shortage of people who are negative or complainers. Many times that negativity hits a little too close to come and can be discouraging. That’s why those who are encouraging stick out even more. When I’m around someone who is upbeat and positive, it encourages me and helps me grow in the way I need to. What if we were all encouraging like this? In Paul’s prayer life, he prayed that he would be able to come see the original readers of the book of Romans. He wanted to go visit the Romans because he wanted to bring them a spiritual gift that would help them grow strong in the Lord. He tells them that, when they get together, he wanted the encourage their faith. Not only that, but he wanted to be encouraged by their faith. We often think that our spiritual walk is an individual thing. While there may be some truth to it in some ways, the people in our life play a huge role in our spiritual walk with God. Just like Paul wanted to help his hearers grow in the Lord by his encouragement, we can be encouraged by the people God has put in our life. We can also encourage people to grow in their relationship with Jesus by how we treat and serve them. We need to take our encouragement and let God transform into spiritual encouragement when it’s appropriate. Whenever we’re around people, we want to help them grow spiritually. We want them to be strengthened in faith. We want to bring them a gift with our words and our heart and our presence that helps them to grow. How we treat others can impact their relationship with Jesus. We should be encouraging others to help them grow strong in the Lord and be encouraged in their faith. Reflect Is there anyone in your life has been really encouraging to you? How can you be more like them? Pray As you begin praying today, start by thanking God for the people He has placed in your life who have encouraged you. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the toughest part of your day?
  3. Where did you mess up today?
  4. Where did you see God today?
DIG DEEPER: Today’s Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:4-11 What To Do: Write out a 1-2 sentence summary that sums up the passage overall. This is called the Big Idea. Imagine a friend asking you, “what’s this passage about?” and you have to tell them what it’s about in just a couple of sentences. By using what you’ve learned from the passage already, you’ll begin to really understand the big picture of what God is saying through these verses. ]]>