And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works. - Hebrews 10:24 HCSB
Your loved ones need a regular supply of encouraging words and pats on the back. And you need the rewards that God gives to enthusiastic people who are a continual source of encouragement to their families.
The 118th Psalm reminds us, "This is the day which the Lord hat made; we will rejoice and be glad in it" (v 24 KJV). As we rejoice in this day that the Lord has given us, let us remember that an important part of today's celebration is the time we spend celebrating others. Each day provides countless opportunities to encourage others and to praise their good works. When we do, we not only spread seeds of joy and happiness, we also follow the commandments of God's Holy Word.
Today, look for the good in others - starting with your loved ones. And then, celebrate the good that you find. When you do, you'll be a powerful force of encouragement in your corner of the world ... and a worthy servant to your God.
The one who lives with integrity lives securely, but whoever perverts his ways will be found out. - Proverbs 10:9 HCSB
It has been said on many occasions and in many ways that honesty is the best policy. For believers, it is far more important to note that honesty is God's policy. And if we are to be servants worthy of Jesus Christ, we must be honest and forthright in our communications with others. Sometimes, honesty is difficult; sometimes, honesty is painful; sometimes, honesty is inconvenient; but always, honesty is God's commandment.
In the Book of Proverbs, we read, "The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful" (12:22 NIV). Clearly, we must strive to be people whose words are pleasing to our Creator. Truth is God's way, and it must be our way, too, even when telling the truth is difficult. As Christians, we must do no less.