Read Romans 1:8–17
Angela was a busy pastor’s wife who ministered to the women in her church. She often spoke of God’s work in her life, hoping to give others courage for their faith journey. She discovered the positive responses of her sisters in Christ greatly enriched her life.
I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith (Romans 1:11–12).
Paul wrote these words to the church in Rome. His desire was to give them a spiritual blessing to help strengthen them. Paul recognized that the Roman believers could offer words that would build him up as well. Believers depend on spiritual leaders to share truths from God’s Word that strengthen their congregation, but leaders also need to hear words of encouragement.
As a Christian you have the privilege of sharing what you have learned with other believers, including your church leadership. As they regularly teach and inspire you, take time to bless them with your words of encouragement.
Challenge for Today: Think of ways to encourage your pastor.
Quicklook: Romans 1:11–13