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The Upper Room Devotional for 21 August 2023 – Why Wait?

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The Upper Room Devotional for 21 August 2023
The Upper Room Devotional for 21 August 2023

The Upper Room Devotional for 21 August 2023, Monday Message by Wayne Greenawalt (Illinois, USA)

TOPIC: Why Wait?

TODAY’S READING
Romans 16:1-15

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. – Romans 16:1 (NIV)

My good friend’s health is declining. He has experienced two episodes of heart failure, and another occurrence could end his life. He is a member of a church where I once served as pastor. Knowing I will be asked to pay tribute to him at his funeral, I began to ponder his many admirable qualities. As I was organizing my thoughts, I was struck by the incongruity in my thinking. Why was I waiting until my friend’s funeral to honor him? It would be far better to express my appreciation now so that he can be encouraged and blessed. So I wrote him a letter and received an appreciative response.

The apostle Paul was not hesitant to express appreciation for his co-laborers in Christ. In the final chapter of his letter to the Romans, he greets no fewer than 28 individuals. He mentions many by name, as well as the contribution they were making to his ministry and the cause of Christ. I’m sure they were heartened by Paul’s commendation.

To remain faithful, we need the support of other believers. We all need words of appreciation now, not just accolades after we die. May God’s Spirit guide us to someone who needs encouragement today.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord God, help us to be encouragers for our friends by showing them your love in our words and actions. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Don’t put off giving encouragement to someone who needs it now.

PRAYER FOCUS
A friend who needs me

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