John 7:38

Refreshing Others

Each day our life intersects with many people, and we have the opportunity to encourage and bless or to burden them with complaining and discouragement.

In our scriptures for today, we have been reading about “refreshing" others.  What a joy it brings to be in the company of people who bring encouragement and blessing to our life.  So if we are going to be a refreshing voice to others, we must learn to refresh ourselves by:

  1. Being alone in the presence of God.  Isaiah 40:31
  2. Thanking God for everything. Philippians 4:4
  3. Seeing the hand of God in all the events of life. II Corinthians 4:8-18
  4. Meditating in and on the Word of God.  Psalm 1:1-3
  5. Realize we have an enemy that does not want us to be a refreshing voice to others: I Peter 5:7-10

It is in quality time alone with God and His Word that refreshes, restores, and renews our mind and heart so we can be a blessing and refreshing voice to others. Then we determine to obey the Lord by taking control of our words and being that refreshing encounter with others.
A good question to ask is "How do others feel after they have been in our company?"

Clean Water is Always Good

Christopher Boda is excited and thankful to have good and clean water flowing from the new well after a long time of drought.

We are reminded in our Scripture readings for today that what comes out of a believer’s life should be refreshing like good and clean water.  Instead of complaining or speaking words of unkindness, the flow out of the believer’s life should bring delight and blessing to those who hear.  Each day we have many opportunities to bless and encourage people.  However, believers are often so shallow spiritually that very little good and refreshing flows from the life.  Rather than “rivers of living water,” rivers of corruption and discord are what flow from the mouth.

It is the believer’s great joy to live and speak of the blessings of God. Then the “rivers of living water” flow from the lips and the life.  As we pass by people today on our ordained journey of life, let’s be careful to be a refreshing encouragement to everyone.  The Apostle Paul reminds us that there should be “no murmurings or complaining.”  If we follow this guideline from Scripture, our conversation would be good, clean, and refreshing to others.