Encouragement - Ps Graeme Leske

1st July 2020

“We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure...”

2 Thessalonians 1:3-4 (NKJV)

Have you ever felt like you would like to read what someone else is thinking?

As much as you might want to read someone’s mind at times, I am sure that you are much better off not being able to do that.

On the other hand we can at times make assumptions that others will assume the best about our intentions (what we were thinking) when we do or don’t do certain things.

It has often been said that the nicest things can be said at a person’s funeral, yet the sad thing is that those sentiments were not always said to the person when they were alive.

In one of his letters, Paul makes a point of expressing his thanks and appreciation to each of those who were in the Thessalonian Church. I am sure that it would have been a great source of encouragement to them at the time.

The fact is none of us are ‘mind readers’ yet I wonder how often we go through life assuming people around us know that we appreciate them or love them.

You may have heard the story of the clueless guy who declared when asked if he still loved his wife - ‘I told her once and if anything changes I’ll let her know’. 

There is tremendous power in expressing our appreciation especially to those around us, either in family or work or friendships and especially in the Church.

We all need encouragement from time to time and a timely word can make a huge difference in someone else’s day. “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” (Proverbs 12:25 NKJV)

The main point to take note of is simply this; we may truly appreciate someone and be very thankful for who they are to us, but if that appreciation remains only a thought in our minds - they may never know it!

True appreciation needs to be expressed for the encouragement of those in our lives, because as mentioned earlier, none of us are mind readers.

Today may be a good day to express your appreciation to someone in your life, and see what a difference it can make.

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