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Spiritual Disciplines

Encouraging Others

(pp 198-201 of Spiritual Discipline Handbook)

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing

-1 Thessalonians 5.11

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We all need encouragement- we live in a world where it’s easy to feel the weight of discouragement and hurt. In these times of covid-19 as we’re becoming more discontent and uncertain about what’s happening around us, it’s even easier to feel down and depressed. And it’s because of this new reality that we need encouragement even more. Blessing others is a way for us to feel God’s presence as we show love to his creation, to his people. The Bible is filled with people blessing other- God blesses. Jesus blesses. Priests bless. Kings bless. Prophets and prophetesses bless. Parents bless their children. The old bless the young. This is what we are called to do, and it can bring us closer to God. As we serve others, we can experience a closeness to God. Blessing others forces us to step outside of ourselves, look to another, and focus on them, sharing Gods’ love with them.

What are some examples of Blessing in the Bible?

Genesis 27

Deuteronomy 3

Isaiah 43

Jeremiah 31

Mark 1

Mark 10

Acts 11

1 Thessalonians 5

Revelation 12

Discussion Questions

Who are some people in your life who have encouraged you?

What was it like when you experienced being blessed by someone else?

When is a time that you felt discouraged by someone? What was that like?

How do you feel when you are encouraged by others? How do you feel when you encourage others?

How easy is it for you to encourage others?

How do you know when the Spirit is calling you to encourage someone?

Who is someone in your life right now that you feel might need to be encouraged?

Reflection Activities

Think of someone who could use some encouragement and do something to bless them

Do a random act of kindness for a stranger. Reflect on the experience of blessing someone you don’t know and may never see again

Spend one week intentionally blessing a different person each day

As we move into Advent consider how ways you can bless people during this season

Think of someone in your community who may be struggling with COVID fatigue and reach out to them

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