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Build Each Other Up

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"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Many people today are turning their attention to personal fitness and healthy living as a long-term strategy, and, among some people marathon running is even becoming very popular. If you're a marathon runner or you've even just thought about running a marathon, you've probably already learned that, as you near the end of the 26.2-mile journey, your legs ache, your throat burns, and it sometimes seems like your whole body is crying out for you to just stop. And that's when you don't have to be a marathon runner to know that this is precisely the time when the encouragement of friends and fans can help push you through the pain and to the finish line. In the same way, as Christians, we are to encourage one another in our journeys. A timely encouraging word for a fellow brother or sister in Christ can make the difference between their finishing the race that God has given to them, or their collapsing, exhausted, along the way.

Look around you today, and think about how you can be ready to offer up an encouraging word to someone today who might be struggling in their own race.

Land of the Free

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"For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another." Galatians 5:13

The United States of America is known all over the world as the "land of the free." The principle of freedom, in fact, is part of the bedrock that America is built upon, and the citizens of this land are given immense freedoms to pursue their dreams and desires. Similarly, but in an even deeper way, in Christ you have been given complete freedom, along with a set of new desires that influence your daily decisions and behaviors. This freedom has many consequences, but one of those consequences is an attitude of love toward others. Jesus followers desire to serve others in the community around them as family.

How can you serve someone today in an attitude of love?

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