Philippians 2:3-4 

“I don’t know about you, but I love to be “blessed” and I love to “bless” others. When we bless someone, we are strengthening someone else. Part of the etymology of the term means to “add strength to another’s arm” meaning to build them up, to fill them with encouragement, for them to increase in strength and prosperity.  God wants us to surprise the world by living in such a way that we are a blessing to others. The Apostle Paul states in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.” (MSG). 
One of my “love languages” is WORDS OF AFFIRMATION. Whether verbal or written I appreciate a well said compliment. Deb and I received a text on Sunday after our message sharing time. It meant the world to us to know someone cared enough to give us positive feedback on our message. Mark Twain once said:, “I can live for two months on a good compliment” My prayer for you this week is to bless others by affirming them. May God use you as an instrument of love to build others this week. May the God of creation assist you as you bless the world around you.
In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Paul

Questions to Consider: 

  1. Who are three people I can bless this week – at least one of whom is not a member of our church?
  2. What particular actions can I take to bless these three people this week?
  3. How can I solicit God’s and others’ help in my blessing people?