Daily Archives: May 31, 2016

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The blessing of encouragement

The Christian life is so much more than avoiding negative things. It is primarily about engaging in thoughts and activities that bring honor to God. Paul says your authority is to build up, to encourage your children. Here are two practical examples of doing this: Two young children are fussing and complaining. Negative response: “Why can’t you two just be quiet! Being noisy and fussy is a distraction to everybody in this house. I don’t want to hear any more unpleasantness, and I mean it! Do you understand?!?” Encouraging response: “God’s Word says that we should be thankful for each other. Sarah, Ethan, remember that we talked about things we can be thankful for about each other? Well, this is […]