Daily Devotional

August 13, 2019

Encourage One Another

Hebrews 3:13
But encourage one another daily, as long as it’s called ‘Today’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Written by: Gina Rock

If you were to step into my home, you’d see quickly that I have an affection for houseplants. They are tucked into corners or displayed on shelves. I love the life they breathe, both figuratively and literally, into our space. There’s a learning curve to helping houseplants thrive. I’m no expert, but because I love my plants, I invest time in them by watering, pruning, researching, and enjoying them. I’ve seen firsthand the toll that a season of neglect can take on them. They may droop or wither, their soils’ nutrients might deplete, or they may become a complete casualty. The latter has happened more times than I’d like to admit.

If the life of a simple plant requires so much effort, wouldn’t it make sense that the living, breathing people in our lives may benefit from our investment as well? We live in a world where stress, sickness, sadness, and loneliness are very real things and can deplete our very souls. But we serve a God who is the Creator of all life, the living water, the light of the world, and He cares intimately for each of us.

Devo Relationships 8.13Thought of the day: As we read Hebrews 3:13 about encouraging one another, I wonder who are the “one anothers” in our lives that need to be pointed to or reminded of a God who loves them and can sustain them? Are there people in your family, neighborhood, workplace, gym, or social settings that are thirsty for truth and encouragement? A simple kind word, a verse, a prayer, a smile, or any act of love can point them to a good God who can heal, love, and make well again.

Prayer: God, thanks for loving me and caring for me. Give me eyes to see those around me that need encouragement and to be pointed to You. Amen.


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