Everything You Touch
August 19, 2013
The culture you create affects everything you touch.
“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…” Philippians 2:1-5 (ESV)
Do you find encouragement in belonging to Christ? The Greek word for encouragement is PARAKLESIS: meaning coming alongside someone to give assistance by offering comfort, counsel or exhortation. It is precisely the kind of assistance exemplified by the Good Samaritan, who, after doing everything he could for the robbed and beaten stranger, “took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ ” (Luke 10:35)
As a Christian, can one of your traits be defined by the word PARAKLESIS? Are you an encourager? The Holy Spirit is oftentimes revealed to us as the Comforter. It is the Spirit who consoles and cheers the hearts of God’s people; making glad the hearts of the renewed, in confirming the weak and lifting up all those that are bowed down. As a believer, do you allow the Holy Spirit to work through you to be an encourager to those who may be down and out? Does your affection for them parallel the affection our God has for you?
Too often we get so tangled up in the accepted norms of life that we forget that something as simple as a smile, a pat on the back, an ice cold Coca-Cola or even a hug can take someone’s sorrow and turn it into joy. As you go about your day, smile, say good morning, become a friend and reflect the image of Christ. Remind yourself every day that “Because Christ has given us so much encouragement, because Christ has given us the comfort of love, because the Holy Spirit has come to fellowship with us, because the Holy Spirit has dispensed to us affection and compassion, for those four surpassing reasons we ought to honor Christ and the Holy Spirit by putting the interest of others ahead of our own; by reflecting Jesus whom with humility of mind, He regarded others as more important than Himself.”
You would be surprised how one person, with a compassionate heart and a true desire to affect change in people’s lives can change the world.
 John McArthur, “The Means to Spiritual Unity”, Grace to You.
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