I’ve noticed that a lot of threads/post on SI today have really brought out the “discouragers” but SI doesn’t have a patent on these “discouragers” they’re everywhere. I don’t understand why anyone would want to hand pick discouraging things to start threads on, especially at this time in the world. My Bible says “A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones”.
In my world, encouraging words, bring joy, and The Lord said a joyful heart is a good medicine, how many today or any day need a good medicine? I know I do. Personally, I just avoid all the downtrodden threads, or threads that don’t inspire. I know many here have probably heard me say this before, and I personally believe it’s the truth “You Have Never Really Been Beat Up, Until You Have Been Beat Up By A Christian”.
Some may not see their threads/posts as beating anyone up, that’s because you’re posting your own opinion. I respect everyone’s opinion, but I don’t have to be a doormat to their opinions. In a time when this whole world needs to be lifted up and encouraged, some just can’t get away from their pessimism or doomsday threads/posts. Personally @68 I want to retain a Joyful heart, since it’s is a good medicine. May these encouraging scriptures below, help you in your daily travels through life.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.
But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,
1 Thessalonians 5:1-10
Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.
1 Corinthians 14:26
What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation Let all things be done for edification.
1 Corinthians 14:12
So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church.
but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.