Helping Your Neighbor

They helped every one his neighbor; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.

Isaiah 41:6

It seems that the more I read the Bible, the more I find encouragement to help people, especially brothers and sisters in Christ.  The more I live and the older I get, the more I realize that I myself am the one who usually needs encouragement.  The simple truth is that you just never know who needs a kind word of encouragement.  We usually find that helping others is a reciprocal blessing.  When we help someone who is down to get up, we think that we are helping them.  But, in helping them, it is usually us who leaves the situation with the blessing.

Everyone needs encouragement at one point or another.  Everybody needs help at one point or another.  If you see someone doing right, then a little encouragement may help them to keep doing right.  If you see someone heading down the wrong path, a little help might get them back on the right path.  No matter where you find yourself, you A) can help someone and encourage someone and B) need some help and encouragement from someone. 

This verse says that they helped “every one his neighbor.”  Can you imagine how strong our homes and churches would be if this described them?  Every person helping each other and encouraging each other.  Philippians 2:3 tells us “…in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”  Wouldn’t it be great if everyone would live by this rule?  Wouldn’t it be great if it started with us?  Let’s try to encourage someone in the Lord today.  Be a help!

7 responses to this post.

  1. “No matter where you find yourself, you A) can help someone and encourage someone and B) need some help and encouragement from someone. ”
    I always say how great a sense of humour our God has. Sometimes it’s in the middle of frustration and disappointment that He sends someone who needs a boost (when we’re expecting someone to give us a boost!!)

    “When we help someone who is down to get up, we think that we are helping them. But, in helping them, it is usually us who leaves the situation with the blessing.”
    Sometimes circumstances are resolved more quickly when we stop placing all our attention on them. While we’re helping someone untie their knots, God sends someone to untie ours!

    Thank you for the way you encourage, Ben. May God continue to put the right words in your hearts for those he sends your way.

    Blessngs,
    ann

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    • Thank you. I agree that, often, while we are wallowing in our own problems, God sends us someone who needs our help and whose situation puts our small problems into perspective. Being a help to others nearly always proves to be a help for us!

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  2. Blogging has been that way, hasn’t it? We probably each started out wanting to help and encourage others with Jesus . . .then found out how much others were there to encourage us! I sense the real need around me of those who need help. They just need some help and encouragement. It can be overwhelming and draining at times, but God is so faithful to help me do something to help. It doesn’t have to be huge. Could you pray for me in this as well? Thank you! God bless you, Ben, as you reach out and help others with His word and His heartbeat each day.

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    • Very true about blogging. In fact, one of my goals in starting this blog was to try to be a help and an encouragement to whoever might read it. But I have found that, through others (like you!) it is me who is usually being helped and encouraged.

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  3. “They helped every one his [blogging] neighbor.” 🙂 Peace, Linda

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