26th June 2019

Simply the Best!

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”
Proverbs 25:11 (KJV)

It was the night before my final examinations. I had studied and worked hard for three years and now I was almost at the finish line. I was apprehensive and nervous. My parents assured me that all I had to do was my best; they expected nothing more from me. They believed in the scripture of Colossians 3:23 (NIV) “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”

Doing our best is a worthwhile principle. The precept is clearly written in Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NIV), “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”

Would it surprise you to know that, in fact, Christians are required to do more? Jesus emphasised that we must love our neighbour as ourselves (Mark 12:31). It is not enough that we do our best—as Christians, God requires us to bring out the best in others. Do we leave people feeling better than we find them? Are people blessed by encountering us? What better service can we give our fellow man than to lift his spirit and genuinely encourage and praise him? Hebrews 3:13 (NIV) says, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”

God is glorified when His children give encouragement by positive words to those who have not seen His light. Of ourselves we are not capable of righteous deeds on our own (Romans 3:10). We must look to God for the strength and inspiration to encourage others. The world is in desperate need of encouragers. Psalm 4:6 tells us, “There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.”

We have a responsibility to show the love and light of our Saviour to those we meet. If we ask Him, He will give us hearts full of genuine concern from which words will come to encourage and uplift the downhearted. Luke 12:12 (NIV) reminds us, “for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” The best we can do for others is to let them see or hear the love of Jesus. If given in wisdom and love it will bring out the best in them and The Best – God our Father – will be well pleased.

Prayer
Loving Father, we thank you for your infinite love and goodness. We humbly ask for your help in the encouragement of those who do not know you. Grant us the words you would have us speak.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson
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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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