by Mark Malcolm
Not everything is about the non-Christian. Sometimes it is about our brother or sister in Christ. When we face outward in our attentions at all times we spend inner resources of strength, courage, and will. It is hard to wade into the World and be the gospel.
When our energy ebbs low we begin to stumble and make mistakes. When we get tired things become more difficult, our temper gets short, and we have less tolerance for those things we could normally put up with. Don’t let your brother or sister falter in defense of the Gospel as they work to move away from those things that mar their witness.
Re-read v24. We are to help one another. We are not meant to be in this alone. Yes, we are to witness to the lost, but we are also to witness to one another. Let us step up to the task of making sure we encourage each other, stimulate one another to love and good deeds. This is the primary purpose of our corporate worship together.
Sometimes this encouragement comes in the form of cautionary tales. When we are tired we make mistakes. Sometimes we don’t notice those mistakes while we remain in them in our exhaustion. It takes the loving kindness of a fellow laborer to point these missteps out. The wise man or woman will at once recognize the mistake and be thankful, but we cannot just wander about pointing fingers at errors.
We have got to more often provide encouragement to those who are laboring. If all we are known for is the accusing finger of inadequate behavior no one will listen to our words. More often will we get results if we are found spreading joy, peace, love, and hope; encouraging one another. Then, and only then will the reproofs of correction be heard and taken in the spirit in which they are intended.
Bio from my web site :
Mark Malcolm is a child of God, husband, father, project manager, technical writer, gamer, fiction writer, Marine (’87-’91), has practiced Shao Lin Kung Fu and Tai Chi, been published in magazines and newspapers (editorial anyway), and seen the Southern Cross.
The goals he has currently are to more accurately identify the path God has for him to walk, continue to provide for his family, establish a solid web presence, build a career writing novels through both traditional and independent publishing, and learn to better relate to the people around him.