Encouragement

I wanted to put up a short post about encouragement.  I think we all know how badly people can use their mouths to hurt, tear down, and discourage.  We have all experienced it, and unfortunately we have also used our mouths to do this.  I want to encourage us to use our mouths to lift up and encourage others.

The apostle Paul was very concerned to encourage the churches God had used him to start.  He was so concerned that he sent people on long journeys to them after he had moved on.

So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts. – Ephesians 6:21-22

Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, – Colossians 4:7-8

It’s easy for us to give a word of encouragement…no big journey required.  We’ve got phones, computers, and an efficient mail service.  Who do you need to write or call today with a word of encouragement?

The Bible is concerned with our steadfastness in the faith.  In fact in Romans, Paul says that the things written in “former days” (that would be the Old Testament) were written for the purpose of our instruction, endurance, and encouragement today.

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, – Romans 15:4-5

Paul made it a habit of not only writing and sending friends to his churches, but he returned to encourage them himself.  Notice that his encouragement for them is that they would continue in the faith…that they wouldn’t quit.

When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. – Acts 14:21-22

The author of Hebrews recognizes that we all need encouragement to not give up…

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. – Hebrews 10:24-25

Be encouraged!  Keep your faith!  Seek after God!  And let God use you to encourage somebody else today!

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3 Responses to Encouragement

  1. Shelia says:

    While being shut in due to all the potential flu threats I have received so many kind words of encouragement. I believe our church family hears the teachings and encourage those in need. I received a beautiful bouquet of roses from a very dear friend with the most precious note of encouragement. This act of kindness lifted me on a particular day that I needed encouragement. And cards of encouragement with personal notes are so uplifting. A card was received yesterday from a very special couple in our church that reminded me when I hurt, God hurts with me. This is so true and once again just a word of encouragement that I will never be alone. How blessed we are to have a Father that loves us and sends encouragement to us every day through His many vessels.

  2. GDR says:

    I really appreciated your post since I have the gift of encouragement. It’s such a vital gift in the Body of Christ and we need more teaching about it.

    In the spirit of this post. I wanted to you encourage you by giving you a Liebster Award, if you receive awards.

    http://raynorshine.co/2014/01/18/and-the-award-goes-to/

    Kind regards,
    Gail

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