Free to Encourage
In “Free to Encourage,” Pastor Dave Gustavsen describes encouragement as being thankful, affectionate, and optimistic. Despite the fact that life can sometimes feel like a prison – our “prison walls” might be sickness, family drama, or even economic hardships – outward circumstances cannot control us on the inside. We are completely free to encourage others, no matter what!
Sometimes life feels like a prison. The prison walls might be physical sickness, family drama, economic hardship, or mistreatment by others. Over time, self-pity and victimization take hold of our hearts, and we feel trapped. But in his letter to the Philippians, Paul demonstrates a radically different mindset. Writing from a Roman prison cell, with every reason to feel trapped, Paul invites us to a kind of freedom that no chains can take away—a freedom found only through knowing and following Christ.