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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Friend Therapy Brings Joy

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  When you share with your friends in the form of encouragement, drinking in the joy will be therapeutic!

            In David Jeremiah’s book The Joy Of Encouragement, he uses the term “friend therapy” as another way of describing encouragement. I really like that term, because I understand how very important my friends are to me.  They truly are such a source of encouragement…in the good times they are happy with me; in the difficult times they pray for me & offer their help.  In times of waiting, they give words of wisdom; in sickness, they pray for restored health.  Good friends are priceless.

            Dr. Jeremiah says: “God has called His people to practice friend therapy.  The New Testament tells us to instruct and teach one another, admonish one another, stimulate one another, build up one another, pray for one another, carry burdens for one another, confess our sins to one another, submit to one another, help one another physically and materially, and encourage one another.  These commands have been given to all of us, not just to pastors and church leaders.  We are all called to practice the ‘one anotherness’ of the Christian faith. The books of Ecclesiastes explains why:

            “Two are better than one…For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

            Share the joy of the Lord with one another today and apply “friend therapy” as a way to encourage others. 

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