Refresh and Remind

       The next step of “S.T.I.R. up one another”, after we “Seek God”, “Take action” and take “Interest and Intercede” for one another, is to pray for ways to be an encouragement to them through “Refresh and Remind”.

       In caring for others, genuine listening is important. Without that, we cannot respond properly in a helpful way. Nor would we be able to discern the deeper need, the spiritual need of a person, in order to be an encouragement to them. But if we have listened, and interceded for them – the Holy Spirit enlighten our eyes in how we encourage them through God’s Word.

       Of course we can and should offer practical help for physical and even emotional needs - but there are deeper issues, we can only walk alongside them as a support, and together come before God for help. Refresh them not only with our limited wisdom, but draw on the fountain of wisdom in God’s Word. Remind them not only to do the right action, but go to the one who gives and sustains life. 

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

       The pandemic may have a vaccine, and (hopefully) will soon be over, but beneath it is another crisis. It is that the faith of many were tested during this time. We as fellow believers have a duty to care for one another, to be what the church should be – to engage the disengaged.

“Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
(Hebrews 10:24-25)







「又要彼此相顧,激發愛心,勉勵行善。你們不可停止聚會,好像那些停止慣了的人,倒要彼此勸勉;既知道那日子臨近,就更當如此。」 (希伯來書10:24-25)