“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.” Philemon 1:25


Have you noticed how words of blessing are in such short supply? There is something about our fallen state that makes sarcasm and ridicule easier to use than blessing. But, in God’s family, words are always to be used for the benefit and blessing of others. What simpler or kinder words do we need to use to bless others than these words Paul sent to Philemon? Let’s find a way to say them … and say them again … and again …


Loving Father, you have blessed me so much with your grace. Please use me to be a blessing to everyone I meet today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.”  So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”  Acts 8:29-30

When I first became a believer, there was nobody to disciple me so I…” was the same story I had heard time and again, unfortunately. New followers of Christ who have never attended church before often lack a spiritual mentor, which is understandable. But I also found that those who had been attending church, the body of Christ, neglected to gather to instruct and encourage these new Christians.

Philip was mindful of others’ needs because he listened to the Holy Spirit’s guidance towards a man on the cusp of salvation, though he did not know it yet. Philip went over to address an obvious concern he could see upon first glance. Once Philip asked the man if he understood the passage, the man admitted his confusion. Philip took precious time out of his day to go into detail about the Gospel and how it fit in with Isaiah, then leading the man to the Lord that very day.

It’s an important reminder as believers to be mindful of those around us. Is there someone struggling to find his or her place at your church? What about that regular attendee who seems to have dropped off the face of the earth? These observations and more should be noted so that we can encourage and build up believers, or even help lead unbelievers to the Lord. When we see someone struggling, we should aid them.

Even if we don’t see someone struggling, we should still approach and encourage them. Like Philip, you never know what someone is going through behind the scenes, and you just may be the voice of guidance during that tough time.

Dear Lord, please help me to be aware of others during this time. Impress upon my heart those who need encouragement or instruction, and give me the wisdom to give accurate instruction. Amen.