Do you know someone in bonds? Do you have a loved one or a friend living out a sentence in Prison? Perhaps they are even there unjustly. Or maybe, in time past, they were not living right or didn’t know the Lord and therefore got caught in situations that have now caused them to suffer the consequences of their unjust acts. In whatever case, have you thought about what you can do for your brothers and sisters in the Lord when they are in bonds?
Heb_13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
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7 Ways To Help A Fellow Believer In Bonds
1. Pray – By all means pray! Please do not forget about them. They need you and they need your prayers more than anything. Pray daily that they will either come back to the Lord or stay strong in the Lord. Pray they will stay in the Word in order to fight the wiles of the devil. They are continually surrounded with evil and need God’s strength more than ever.
2. Write a note weekly. Do you realize how much this can encourage them? I like to make my cards with PrintMaster or Power Point or you could use Avery.com to make some great cards. Mostly, just do it! Write a note and tell them what is going on and assure them that they are in your thoughts and prayers.
3. Make scripture verse cards to send. There are probably several places online that you can find free ones that are already made for you like these. Or put together your own Scripture Cards. Perhaps use a theme for your verses or just use random verses that have meant a lot to you in your devotional time. Print, cut apart, and put in a matching envelope. Encourage them to read, study, and memorize them.
4. Send books from Amazon. Some places do not allow the prisoners to get printed material directly from you. But they can get them from Amazon. Find a book that will be encouraging to them and have it sent directly to them. My friend has received several books from me now and I know she was thrilled to get them. Sometimes they are sitting with nothing to do so help them fill their minds with edifying literature.
5. Share devotional thoughts. Right now I have two 30 day devotional ebooks in pdf form. I made them into just text and put four days on one sheet of paper, printed them and sent them to my friend along with a note. This printed material was allowed. And oh how she appreciated getting it. She was also able to share it with others. What a great way to share the gospel and love of Jesus when you can’t be there in person.
6. Encourage their loved ones. Be sure to encourage their loved ones if you know them. Ask their spouse or family members often about them and assure them that you are praying for them too. Encourage them with little notes or text messages, maybe through your phone, email, or facebook messenger. Do you realize how hard a trial this is for them too? Have you ever thought what it would be like to be separated from a loved one in this way? This lady ended up in a circumstance like this and was in total shock, but the Lord took her through it along with support from many friends.
7. Send pictures. Take pictures of current events going on with your family. You can print them with your own printer and send two or three each time you write a note. My friend loves the adult coloring books. I found several free ones online, many with Scripture verses and printed them, added some colored pencils and put them in the mail for her. Have your children make or draw pictures to send. This is something they love too. I also created some Scripture bookmarks and sent those.
All of these are just special little ways you can show your love and encourage your brother or sister in Christ who is serving time. The truth is, we need each other! There may come a day when many of us are in prison for our faith. I pray that I (we) will be able to stand strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
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