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The Cultivation of Encouragement

Do you want to become a more encouraging person?  Do you desire others to feel an increase of strength and motivation from your words and your counsel?  I do. So,  where does encouragement come from? Does it strike spontaneously, like lightning?  Or can it be cultivated, like a fruit tree, with sowing and watering and pruning?  Of course, you’ve probably guessed the answer.   Growth in the encouragement of others requires consistent effort in gracious meditation.

Here’s one way to put it: Meditation on God’s faithfulness in private produces the fruit of encouragement in company.  Those who encourage, and encourage well, are those who spend time thinking about and believing in the God of constant gracious activity.  They meditate on the myriad expressions of his activity revealed in the scriptures. They become students of his transforming grace in daily life.  They discipline their mind to explore the possibilities of God’s good plan for the various people they know and love.

Then,  when the moment comes, in fellowship, together,  these seeds of meditation produce the fruit of encouragement.

The contrast is stark.  Those who spend almost all their time thinking about their preferences, their disappointments in others, their rights and offenses, find it quite simple to point out the deficiencies of others.  Seeds and fruit are always related.

Seeds sown to gracious meditation produce the fruit of encouragement. Seeds sown to self-righteous meditation produce the fruit of a critical spirit.

Round Rock Revival

Lord,

Throughout our city there are men and women that you made. Some of them are happy today, and distracted from your generosity by your gifts.  Some of them are sad today, and yet without the comfort of your presence. Some of them feel deep conviction today, yet do not have the peace of your forgiveness.  Send your Spirit in power.  Show yourself as the fountain of all delights, the bearer of the greatest burdens, the Savior of the lost.  Soften hearts of stone. Resurrect the spiritually dead. Do signs and wonders to reveal your magnificent power.  Awaken your church and send her forth in joyful zeal to proclaim your truth.  Reveal the beauty of holiness.  Revive souls in our city Lord!

Amen

Resurrection Hope

The resurrection does not provide us the hope it should if we do not understand imputation.  Jesus did not die for his own sins.  He died for ours. Remaining in the tomb was never an option for the perfectly righteous Son of God.  Death has always been conditional.  Death comes because of the curse of sin.  But whether our curse could be fully paid?  That is the question that should striker terror into the heart of every sinner apart from grace; that makes the gospel conclusions breathless reading!   Jesus died for our sins.  Was the payment sufficient?  Was the curse fulfilled?  If any curse remains, Jesus, bearing the full imputed weight of my sins when he hung on the cross, could not exit the tomb.

Yet, there He is, greeting those dear women who followed him to the very end, teaching his followers on the road to Emmaus, comforting the disciples in the locked room, ascending to glory! He is alive! Even so, my curse was exhausted upon His head, and death had no right to hold Him back.  Even so, my sins, imputed to him, have been paid in full and I am alive forever in Him.

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