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Why Wait?

Read Romans 16:1-15


Phoebe, a dear Christian woman from the town of Cenchreae, will be coming to see you soon. She has worked hard in the church there. Receive her as your sister in the Lord, giving her a warm Christian welcome. Help her in every way you can, for she has helped many in their needs, including me. Tell Priscilla and Aquila "hello." They have been my fellow workers in the affairs of Christ Jesus. In fact, they risked their lives for me; and I am not the only one who is thankful to them; so are all the Gentile churches.

Please give my greetings to all those who meet to worship in their home. Greet my good friend Epaenetus. He was the very first person to become a Christian in Asia. Remember me to Mary, too, who has worked so hard to help us.

Romans 16:1-6 (TLB)


Wayne Greenawalt lives in Illinois. His good friend's health is declining. He has experienced two episodes of heart failure, and another occurrence could end his life. He is a member of a church where Wayne once served as pastor. Knowing he will be asked to pay tribute to him at his funeral, Wayne began to ponder his many admirable qualities. As Wayne was organizing his thoughts, he was struck by the incongruity in his thinking. Why was he waiting until his friend's funeral to honor him? It would be far better to express his appreciation now so that he can be encouraged and blessed. SO Wayne wrote him a letter and received an appreciative response.

The apostle Paul was not hesitant to express appreciation for his co-laborers in Christ. In the final chapter of his letter to the Romans, he greets no fewer than 28 individuals. He mentions many by name, as well as the contribution they were making to his ministry and the cause of Christ. Wayne is sure they were heartened by Paul's commendation.

To remain faithful, we need the support of other believers. We all need words of appreciation now, not just accolades after we die. May God's Spirit guide us to someone who needs encouragement today.


Prayer: Lord God, help us to be encouragers for our friends by showing them your love in our words and actions, In Jesus' name. Amen.



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