Joni and Friends Blog

January 7


“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
–Hebrews 3:13

Many who struggle with severe disabilities, chronic pain, grief, or depression find themselves with a short battery life of encouragement.  One day might find them cruising along on an even keel, and the next day all of that hope seems to evaporate.  Today’s Scripture acknowledges this, with the writer challenging us to “encourage one another daily… so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”  The truth is, we all need daily encouragement from others when it comes to keeping a positive outlook.  If we don’t find that encouragement, the Bible says we’re in danger of being hardened – not only by sin, but also by cynicism, bitterness, or despair.  We need other hope-filled believers in our lives, friends who can lift us with wise words and reminders of God’s goodness, grace, and power.  We also need to be that kind of encourager, speaking confident words and letting that hope put a smile on someone else’s face.

Lord, thank You for the amazing encouragers You have placed in my life through the years.  I praise You for all those expressions of solid truth that lifted my heart and kept me from giving up in despair.  I ask for the opportunity today to speak such words of hope into someone else’s life.

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