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A Daily Devotion for Monday, May 20

Romans 1:11-12

I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.

It is so important to have friendships which are anchored in faith. When I am weak or unsure in some way, I know I will get a spiritually sound response from my Christian friends. If I am feeling pushed and shoved and unsure about how God can help me, the Holy Spirit can speak to me through a good friend in Christ. I rarely see myself on the other side of this coin- could I be that friend who is helpful and Spirit-filled?

Holy Lord, I know that sometimes you speak to me through faithful friends. I am thankful for each and every encounter that brings me closer to you. I ask Lord that if it is your will, may I be that friend who is helpful to another? Amen

Becky, transforming

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Romans 1:11-12

I love verse 12. Paul knew that as much as he wanted to share his gifts, he knew that he will in turn be lifted by those he visited. This is how it happens sometimes. You think your visit is to help or encourage someone and at the end of the day you find yourself encouraged in some way as well.

Prayer: Gracious God, help me encourage those around me, knowing I will be filled as well. Amen


May 20

Romans 1:11-12

Being mutually encouraged by each other’s faith is a powerful asset for the family of God. This encouragement is one of the rewards of being part of the Transformers, being part of the three couple small group that Becky and I have enjoyed for many years and being involved with a couple of men’s groups. There is also encouragement to be found in those one on one faith building conversations we have when times are good or when times are bad with a brother or sister in Christ who can, through their own faith, remind us who and whose we are.

Prayer - God of friendship, thank You for the precious gift of faithful friends. In a world…

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