Focus on Encouraging

The Lord has really been working in my heart and life lately. Last night as I was pondering on my life I asked myself this question… When I am hurting, angry, or struggling spiritually what is it that I feel like I need most from others? A helping hand and an encouraging word and heart…
I’ll confess, I’m a very harsh Christian… I have high expectations for others and for myself. When I myself or others cannot or choose to not reach up to them I beat them up for it… Then I become very discouraged.
I am participating in a ladies Bible study with the ladies of my church with this book:

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Within this book we were saposed to write down what sin we struggle with and confess it to the Lord. The Lord immediately laid discouragement on my heart… discouragment??? Is that really a sin? I thought… the Lord laid the verse in Romans 14:23 on my heart, it says, “And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” Discouragment is caused when we are trusting more in ourself and others actions and abilities instead of the Lord. It is a sin to not trust the Lord….
So I have been asking the Lord for help in this area.
Well he led me to ponder on this thought… To focus my thoughts on encouraging others.
“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as theyself.” Mark 12:31- this is the 2nd greatest commandment in the Bible, also commonly called the golden rule… Christ was the Ultimate example of this. He gave Himself for us. How can we love others as we love ourself? By considering our greatest needs, (this is easy for all of us to do bc we are selfish and always consider our own needs) but then turning those needs towards others and pouring into them. For example, when we feel like we need fellowship, instead of sitting around becoming bitter because nobody is visiting you, get into your car and go visit someone else you think may have the same need. Real joy comes from loving the Lord and pouring our lives into others…
So as I ponder my struggle with discouragment, I have decided what I need to do for healing is to focus on encouraging others in any way I can think of.