Few things steal a church’s joy like discouragement . . . especially if that discouragement comes not from outside circumstances but from inside instigators. Scripture tells us that we are to “stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). But far too often we choose instead to speak words that dishearten, hinder, and deter each other from living the life God intends. Just imagine being part of a church family where everyone encourages one another, builds each other up in word and deed, exhorts each other in truth, and comforts one another. If these words and actions were to pulse through our church community, a superficial fellowship would be transformed into something far more significant: a family.
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