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I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. Romans 1:11-12.

The Blessing of Mutual Edification

When I was in college, this was one of my theme verses I chose to memorize. Since encouragement is one of my spiritual gifts, it is natural that I would be drawn to this passage. Through my teaching and writing, I desire to impart spiritual insights that will help people in their spiritual journey. But, there is a caveat to this blessing – receiving well.

Paul knew the blessing of encouragement was a two way street. As part of the body of Christ, each person has a part to play in supporting and encouraging the other person. It goes deeper than encouragement. Each part cannot function without dependency on the other part. 

As Paul shows in Corinthians, the hand needs to bring the food to the mouth, so they rest of the body can eat food for life. The eye would need to guide the hand to find the food to eat. And one of the best parts, the nose gets to experience the great smells coming from the kitchen to tell the feet to move to the table to sit down for the meal. Every joint supplies for the health of the body.

Thoughts to consider

  • As part of the body of Christ – YOU have a gift to bring blessing to others
    • One of the most effective ways to discern your gifting, ask others who know you and understand spiritual gifts.
    • What is your spiritual gift?
  • Who do you receive encouragement from?
    • Being dependent is not a weakness, it honors the one helping.
    • Jesus said freely receive, freely give
    • Find a way to honor those who you receive from…both you and they will be encouraged
  • Mutual encouragement anticipates spending time together.
    • Who do you share meals and small group time with on a regular basis?
    • There is no such thing a being a loner in the family of God
  • Praying (not thinking about) for another causes the heart to remain emotionally engaged in the welfare of others.
    • Encouragement is fertilized with prayer for our friends, coworkers, church members etc.
    • Praying with out ceasing anticipates conversing with God for the needs of others

Engaging in community life with other followers of Jesus brings a twofold blessing. Each brings something to give and receive. Spiritual encouragement fills your heart with peace and satisfaction like nothing else in this world. I agree with Peter’s words at the transfiguration…“Lord, it’s wonderful for us to be here!” That sentence should be the declaration of the hearts who have joined together for mutual encouragement.

May you walk daily in the blessing of mutual edification.

Blessings, Love y’all