'Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.' 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV
When we're in relationship with someone, we're not two competing individuals, we are one half of a team. We bring our own individuality. Being part of a team is all about support, comfort and encouragement. And this support doesn't only apply to our day-to-day lives; it also applies to our faith life. In Hebrews it says: 'Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds' (Hebrews 10:24 NCV).
So how can we help each other to grow in our relationships with God? The Bible tells us to 'encourage one another and build each other up' (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV). There are the obvious ways to do this, like praying together, reading the Bible together and going to church together. But we can also be honest and accountable about our faith journey, lovingly pointing out when something is not quite God's best and together asking God for answers to things we're struggling with.
So, in our relationships, let's be people who encourage and help people to grow in their relationship with God. But let's not forget that our own relationship with God comes above everything else. We're not responsible for others' spiritual growth; and they are not responsible for ours. Our relationships shouldn't stunt our own individual spiritual growth.
So what now? Consider one person you can support and encourage in their spiritual growth and who, in turn, can do the same for your faith journey.
Soulfood: Gen 10-12 Luke 8:1-15 Ps 108 Pro 3:31-32,