Think back to the day you were inspired to follow Jesus. Who encouraged you, and how did they do it? Maybe it was over dinner, on a walk, or at a coffee shop. Following Jesus is a journey, and before you began your journey, I’m sure you watched someone follow Jesus to see how they treated others. You wanted to know if they were honest and decent and that they practiced what they preached. Influence with outsiders begins with proximity. The closer you are to someone, the more you can establish a relationship with them.
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:14 – And we urge you to admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak and be patient with them all.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to see others as you see them. To love those who are in need