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!