Upper Room Devotion 2017-09-19

The Upper Room daily devotional: Handwritten Encouragement


Handwritten Encouragement


Read 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Paul wrote, “Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

— 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

Today’s Devotional

One day I received a letter from someone who was unknown to me. As I read through it, I found it was regarding an article I wrote that was published in a Christian magazine. Handwritten and four pages long, the letter was from one of my readers. He was 93 years old and said that he appreciated my article and encouraged me to continue using my spiritual gift of writing for God’s glory. After I had gone through the letter, I wondered: Why did this stranger take so much pain, at his age, to send me a handwritten letter?

Scripture says that we should encourage one another. I was encouraged by a person whom I did not even know, but he obeyed God’s word to uplift my efforts for the kingdom’s sake. I still remember a line from that handwritten letter: “Encouragement is like strength to bones.”

It’s a blessing to build up fellow believers through words of appreciation. Encouragement can make us zealous to yield even more fruit and can move us forward in fulfilling God’s purpose for us.

Read more from the author, here.

Deepika Emmanuel Sagar (Rajasthan, India)

Thought for the Day:

Whom is God nudging me to encourage today?

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to encourage others as they seek to grow in faith and know you more fully. Amen.

Prayer Focus: A friend who needs encouragement

The scripture quotation, unless otherwise indicated, is from the NEW REVISED STANDARD VERSION of the Bible, copyright © 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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