More important than having a friend is that of being a friend. The Bible speaks of having a friend that sticks closer than a brother.. Driving to work today, I had been thinking about leadership and friendship. I had been meditating on how vital it is that a leader focus on the encouragement of his team, family, followers, and one’s friends.
A Leader’s Purpose
The leader must provide HOPE! Why? Because a Leader cannot lead others to rise to the Top while they are living on the bottom of life! People need Hope! They need to know there is going to be a better tomorrow! A word of encouragement from a friend, or one that is greatly respected can make all the difference in the world, to a person who is clinging to very little hope!
Godly Encouragement Through God’s Promises
The best way in which I provide encouragement to those who are discouraged is to remind them of God’s promises.
- God STILL loves you. God said in Jeremiah 31:3: I have loved thee with an everlasting love. This simply means that there is no circumstance that would cause YOUR Heavenly Father to withdrawal His love from you. His love is everlasting!
- God cares about you! Peter reminds us of God’s “personal interest” in us as he penned these words, divinely inspired by God Himself, “Casting ALL your care upon Him, (why) for He (God) careth for (who) YOU.” I Peter 5:7. Dear Reader, God not only loves you, but He cares deeply about the things which you are going through. This is why God has invited you to cast (to toss or to throw) ALL of your cares, concerns, fears, hurts, loneliness, upon Him. But why should you? Because God cares for YOU!!
- God has sent a personal invitation for each Believer to come boldly into His throne of Grace. Hebrews 4: 16says: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
- God is Omnipotent, which means that our God is All-Powerful. There is nothing too hard for our God to do on our behalf!! Matthew 19:26 states, “But Jesus beheld (means to turn one’s eyes upon to look at) them and said unto them, “With men this is impossible; but with God ALL things are possible.”” The following question was raised in Genesis 18:14, and again in Jeremiah 32:27: “Is there anything too hard for the Lord?” Jeremiah 32:17 provides us with the answer to this crucial question, “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched-out arm, and there is NOTHING too hard for thee.”
Promises of Eternity
Aren’t you grateful to share in the promises which God has made to those of us who are Believers? But you may be reading this article and are uncertain as to where you might spend eternity. I would like to remind you of a few promises about eternity.
In Titus 1:2, the Bible, speaking about eternal life, makes the following promise to you. “In hope of eternal life, which God, that CANNOT lie, promised before the world began.” God has made a commitment to man, that He would never deceive us in any way,
God made another promise to those earnestly seeking Him for eternal life, which means living with Him in Heaven. In Romans 10:13: “For whosoever (this means ANYONE and EVERYONE) shall call upon the name of the Lord, SHALL be saved.”
Thank God for His promises which become a soft pillow for the troubled heart.
Whom do you know that needs your encouragement today? Will you help encourage them in the Lord? Will you commit to focus more on being a friend, than having a friend? It will become a life-changing decision for you. There are so many hurting hearts in this world. We must be used of God to encourage and help our friends, and yes, even strangers.
Note: Should you desire to learn more on how you can know you will go to Heaven when you die, please email me at: JimKilgoreMinistries@gmail.com. I will call you personally on your phone and help you settle this matter today!!