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Body-building Tip #50 – These thoughts are designed to help members of the body at Grace to encourage one another’s faith.

Acts 20:31 “Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears.”

For you to ponder: These words from Acts were spoken by Paul at his last meeting with the elders from the church at Ephesus. It was an emotional experience because Paul told those gathered that he would never see their faces again. There are several things to consider from this verse. First, Paul exhorts them to be “alert” because he anticipates that false teachers will soon infiltrate the church and threaten the spiritual growth of the believers. For 3 years he had been preparing them to stand strong but he knew that dangers would always exist. Second, by Paul writing that “for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone”, we can see how seriously he took the spiritual growth and health of the believers there. Next, Paul reinforces his commitment to those believers by commenting about his tears.

Tip: Paul was a realist. He knew that believers there, even after 3 years of his intense teaching and attempts to build up their faith, would face threats to their spiritual well-being. Some here at Grace today are experiencing threats to their walk with the Lord. Other folks will experience those threats all too soon. Yes, we are all fighting the good fight of faith, and we need others to stand with us in the battle. May God help us to realize how much we need one another to continue strong in the faith.

Challenge: Have you thought about how strong the forces of evil are which threaten our spiritual growth individually and as a body? Are you willing to try to help one another achieve daily victories even if it takes years? Is your concern for the spiritual health of the person sitting next to you great enough to begin actively trying to encourage him or her in the Lord?