“What I mean is that we can mutually encourage each other while I am with you. We can be encouraged by the faithfulness we find in each other, both your faithfulness and mine.”

Romans 1:12 CEB

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

If you’ve ever been through some hard times you know that one of the most invaluable things you can have is a friend! I can always count on my closest friends to call at just the right time to speak an encouraging word in my life. It’s like they have an internal alarm that goes off when I need them the most.

Who do you have in your life that gets you? Each of us should have someone who’s been called to pour into our life and impart some spiritual gift.

The apostle Paul wrote a letter to the believers in Rome telling them he would soon visit them so that he could impart a spiritual gift to encourage them. These spiritual gifts are the supernatural graces that individual Christians need (or needed in the days of the apostles) to fulfill the mission of the Church. In the narrowest sense, it is a theological term for the extraordinary graces given to individual Christians for the good of others.

These extraordinary spiritual gifts, often termed “charismatic gifts”, are the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, increased faith, the gifts of healing, the gift of miracles, prophecy, the discernment of spirits, diverse kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues.

All of these spiritual gifts are what Paul wanted to impart to the believers individually and collectively. Each of us has the ability to manifest at least one of these gifts but the most important gift we can give one another is encouragement!

  1. We can encourage each other with a text or a call. Paul sent a letter. Thanks to technology we can encourage our friends immediately and personally via technology. You don’t know how much it means to pick up the phone just to encourage your friend.
  2. When we are together we can encourage one another. When we are together we should put technology away and appreciate direct interaction with our friends. Where two or three are gathered together Jesus promised to be there.
  3. We can be encouraged by the faithfulness found in each other. He or she who has friends must first prove themselves friendly and faithful! It means so much when life is constantly in flux that your friends remain faithful!

In times like these we need real friends. Be a friend today and call three friends you haven’t spoken to in a while and encourage them in the Lord!

Dear God,

Thank you for my friends who’ve been there through good times and bad times. Send me friends who make me better and impart spiritual gifts in me that I didn’t even know that I had.

In Jesus’ Name,