Let them know
I have written and sent this short letter to you with the help of Silas, whom I commend to you as a faithful brother. My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in this grace. 1 Peter 5:12
Peter is signing off in his letter by letting the readers know of his confidence in Silas. He says I commend/compliment Silas for being a faithful/trustworthy brother. He is letting the receivers of the letter know that he trusts Silas to deliver this important message to them. He is also letting them know the purpose for sending the message. To encourage them and build their confidence in God’s grace.
Usually we read over the end of these new testament letter quickly without considering just how important the farewell was then and still is today. These letters were secretly hand delivered and if the carrier was caught, at minimum, the letter would have been confiscated and probably destroyed. You can see how important it was in that day to encourage the saints, but what about for us. If these letters would not have gotten through, we wouldn’t have the new testament that we have now. Wow, I can’t even imagine that.
Peter’s expression of his confidence in Silas is a great tribute. It not only let Silas know that Peter trusted him to get the message through, it also gave him the determination to deliver the letter safely. The point is, we should do this as well. Not only should we be encouraging other in the faith walk, we should let them know when they are doing things right. Express to you brothers and sisters in Christ how much you appreciate them. Tell them of your confidence in them to overcome and motivate them by thanking them for their faithfulness and consistency. Nothing motivates a person quicker than letting them know they are appreciated. Your expressions of kindness could be the words that pulled them from the edge of destruction or motivated them to more forward in their calling.
Today I want to encourage you to promote, build up and motivate other believers. Whenever you have a thought of someone, send them a message or call them and tell them the good things you are thinking about them. Send a card or letter to let them know you are praying for them. Don’t dismiss those ideas and thoughts you have for others, share them. These thoughts are what makes a difference in their lives. Become the person that others look to for inspiration that produces action!
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Peter 5:12-13