Bob Foster, my mentor and friend for more than 50 years, never gave up on me.Â His unchanging friendship and encouragement, even during my darkest times, helped carry me through.
We often find ourselves determined to reach out and help someone we know who is in great need. But when we fail to see improvement right away, our resolve can weaken and we may eventually give up. We discover that what we hoped would be an immediate change has become an ongoing process.
The apostle Paul urges us to be patient in helping one another through the stumbles and struggles of life. When he writes, â€śCarry each otherâ€™s burdensâ€ť and so â€śfulfill the law of Christâ€ť (Gal. 6:2), he is compares our task to the work, time, and waiting it takes for a farmer to see a harvest.Â Â
How long should we keep praying and reaching out to those we love? â€śLet us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give upâ€ťÂ (v. 9). How many times should we reach out? â€śAs we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believersâ€ť (v. 10).
The Lord encourages us today to trust Him, remain faithful to others, keep on praying and donâ€™t give up!
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