Encouraging Good Deeds
Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works. Hebrews 10:24
What a joy it is to play a role in seeing Teresa flourish in positive growth by giving encouragement. And it is an extra special joy to see the seeds of encouragement spring forth into the fruits of love and good deeds.
Encouragement can come in many forms and in many circumstances. It can come verbally or in a special written note. It can come on the heels of a personal victory or in the valley of discouragement. It might come privately during a quiet talk, or it can be proclaimed publicly.
Couples who come to our conferences wanting increased intimacy or oneness in their marriage are often surprised at how encouragement fits into the equation. Sadly, many couples lack a deep sense of intimacy because theirs are two relatively independent, self-reliant existences. They both may have careers, or one may be career focused while the other is more home focused. No matter what their circumstances, discovering the power of encouragement can help bring them together. Thus, my career becomes our career. You share my efforts at home through your encouragement and it becomes our family.
In God's wisdom, He knew that each of us—no matter how motivated or dedicated we may be—can benefit from another's encouragement. It's the wise couple who makes their marriage the first source of this blessing. Many a home has been wrecked and families torn apart when those outside the marriage provide what God seeks to provide within. God warned Cain that "sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you" (Genesis 4:7, NIV). Encouraging your marriage partner helps shut the door on such attacks and stirs him or her on with deepened love.
That's what encouragement within marriage is all about.
In what specific ways can you make your marriage a center of encouragement for your spouse today?
Lord, allow my spouse and me to enjoy the closeness that mutual encouragement brings.
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