Country Church 1“that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both your and mine” (Romans 1:12 NASB).

Paul wrote these words to the church in Rome. He desperately longed to visit his Christian brothers and sisters there so he may be an encouragement to them. Likewise, he hoped his own faith would be bolstered by theirs. Paul wrote that he thanked God for the Roman church because their faith was being “proclaimed throughout the whole world” (Romans 1:8). Their faith, like Paul’s, was centered on Jesus Christ.

Because our faith is centered on Christ and we are indwelled by the same Spirit, I have a mutually edifying relationship with the other members of my church. There are days, if I’m being honest, I don’t feel like being in church. I have days where I doubt the authenticity of my faith. I have days where I feel like a failure. Those are the days I need to be in church. When my spirit is weak I can be lifted up by the faith of my brothers and sisters in Christ! When I am down they can lift me back up. It may not even be an intentional act. My heart can become joyful simply from being in the presence of others who are genuinely worshiping my Lord and Savior.

I strive to be the same kind of encourager to others. I understand there are going to be days when my friends at church are down. I understand they may have days where they doubt why they are there. I pray that in those moments God will use me in some small way to deliver joy and peace where it is needed.

Church provides an opportunity for others to encourage you in your faith and provides you with a practical opportunity to uplift others.

This is reason number one why I love the church.

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