Thursday, September 2, 2010

Love Is … Support and Encouragement

True love meets the need for support. You provide support when you attempt to lighten your friend’s load in practical, helpful ways. Acts of support fulfill Paul’s instruction in Galatians 6:2: “Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Look for opportunities to perform a number of helpful tasks that will help ease their burden. You express biblical love to your special friend whenever you serve him or her in practical, helpful ways.

Everybody needs encouragement in life, and true love looks for ways to meet that need. We encourage others whenever we do or say something thoughtful to lift their spirits. For example, sending a special card with encouraging words is a simple way of expressing encouragement. You can supply encouragement to others in many practical ways, such as notes, emails, or phone calls. Encouragement is communicated when you focus your words and attention on your special friend and any struggles he or she is going through.

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