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Encourage and Strengthen

Scripture: 

“When they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement. Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message.”

Acts 15:31-32 NASB

Observation: 

The christians in Antioch were struggling because some men were preaching that they could only be saved if they were circumcised according to the customs of Moses. The discussion became so intense that Paul and Barnabas decided to go to Jerusalem to talk with the apostles about the subject. Long story short, all the apostles agreed that Jesus forgives their sins because they believed in Him and it is by the grace of Jesus that we all believed and got saved. After the discussion, the apostles sent Paul and Barnabas back to Antioch together with Silas and Judas to clarify once for all that matter.

Summarizing: there was a problem and the solution brought encouragement to the people.

 

Application:

What really calls my attention here is how the story folded after. They did not just “solved” the problem and also they encourage and strengthen the believers.

I tend to be a very logical person. When I lead meetings, we bring the problems and, practically, point out solutions so we can move on to the next problem. Maybe that is my engineer’s side. But I should also add (as part of this process) a way to encourage people, to bring motivation and cheer for what my team is doing and accomplishing.

 

Prayer:

Father, thank you for the amazing people that you sent to be part of my team. Thank you for their hearts, they love to connect and serve young people. Thank you for the desire they have to always do their best. Help me to become a better leader. Help me to reflect you. In Jesus name I pray.

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