The Apostle Paul had the task of encouraging his churches. Remember, he was working on building the church at a time when being converted to the Christian faith meant monumental changes in people's lives. The whole concept of Christianity was something brand new in the world. Every gentile believer could remember a time when he or she worshiped the old pagan gods.
I'm sure you know from your own experience that it is difficult to make drastic changes in your life. And it is even harder to stick with the changes once they are made. How many of you have kept your New Year's resolutions from last January? How many of you even remember what they were? It's so easy to slip back into old habits. That is exactly what happened to the believers in Ephesus. And that's why Paul's encouragement was so important for them.
Our words of direction and support to our children and to others are vitally important in helping them to stay in tune with Jesus Christ.
Dear God, help me to speak words that will encourage others to stay close to Jesus. In Jesus name, Amen.
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