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Confidence and Encouragement

"I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6

I want to say I am always confident, but to do so would be untrue. I am confident, though, in saying that we all share a lack of confidence at times. We all face periods when situations make us doubt our abilities; we feel uncomfortable and ill-equipped. When this happens, we need others that believe in us to provide us with encouragement and support.

Paul, in writing to the church in Philippi, demonstrates his confidence in them. He couldn't be with them in person, but he could do two things: pray and write. His opening words of encouragement, "I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. (3-5)" Can you imagine their love for Paul in receiving such a letter? How they must have been encouraged so they could continue their work in confidence?

Think of someone who may be struggling right now; a church member, family, friends, anyone who could use encouragement. How can you show your confidence in them? What message do they need to hear? What words of comfort can you give? Will you write, call, or text? How can you pray for this person? Let the Holy Spirit guide you. You may be the voice of Paul others need to hear.

God, thank you for those people who encourage us when our confidence falters. Please help us to be there for each other and give us the words to say. Amen.


Pastor TIm

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