“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” Romans 1:11-12
This is the heart of Paul, and something which we all do well to consider: How can I bless you?
How can I make you know Jesus better?
Understand His Word better?
Live in Him more sweetly and trustingly?
Avoid the traps, distractions and other weapons of the enemy of our souls?
Grow in grace and in the image of Christ?
Look to His return more concretely?
Gain a Biblical worldview?
Understand the glories of our mutual salvation?
Gain skill in putting to death the deeds of the flesh?
Pursue prayer more thoughtfully?
Seek the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom within and without?
Warn against deceptions and untruths when it comes to what the Bible teaches?
To strengthen one another’s walk, faith and knowledge in Christ?
To strengthen the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and reminding them that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. (Acts 14:22)? etc.
Do we even come to Church with that mindset toward one another?
What if we did?
What if our Facebook posts, Tweets, Instagrams and TikToks had that idea at their base?
What if that informed our hearts when we get together for coffee, share a meal, hang out, watch the game, etc?