Let's Talk Encouragement!
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Let’s take moment today to encourage someone daily. The power of our words can make a difference. I would also encourage you to encourage an encourager, we need encouragement too!
When people put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we should respond enthusiastically with words of encouragement. In developing Christlike qualities in our lives, we should put being an encourager near the top of the list. We all need encouragement in our walk with the Lord and in life in general. We’re going to face challenges that can sometimes make you feel like you can’t go on. Then someone speaks a word of encouragement to you and you get a different perspective, renewed strength, and an understanding that you are not in this alone. As the Body of Christ we are to encourage one another throughout the journey. Encouragement also brings comfort.
Barnabas is a great example of what an encourager looks like and we should model ourselves after him. He was generous. He didn’t believe gossip but took the time to get the facts and share the truth of the situation with others, even when his view was vastly different than others. He got excited about new believers without prejudice. From his perspective everyone was welcomed and loved. This verse of Scripture speaks well about him, just as we are to do for each other:
“When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged all of them to remain true to the Lord with a firm resolve of the heart.” (Acts 11:23 HCSB)
The Word of God tells us many times to encourage one another. If encouragement were not a vital necessity to this Christian walk it would not be mentioned, in some form, 66 times, depending on the version you use, in the Word.
These are some of my favorite encouragement Scriptures that keep me motivated to encourage myself, and others, in the Word of God:
“Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words.” (I Thessalonians 4:18 AMPC)
“Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.” (I Thessalonians 5:11 AMPC)
“Finally, brethren, farewell (rejoice)! Be strengthened (perfected, completed, made what you ought to be); be encouraged and consoled and comforted; be of the same [agreeable] mind one with another; live in peace, and [then] the God of love [Who is the Source of affection, goodwill, love, and benevolence toward men] and the Author and Promoter of peace will be with you.” (II Corinthians 13:11 AMPC)
“I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may console and cheer and encourage and strengthen your hearts.” (Ephesians 6:22 AMPC)
“[For my concern is] that their hearts may be braced (comforted, cheered, and encouraged) as they are knit together in love, that they may come to have all the abounding wealth and blessings of assured conviction of understanding, and that they may become progressively more intimately acquainted with and may know more definitely and accurately and thoroughly that mystic secret of God, [which is] Christ (the Anointed One).” (Colossians 2:2 AMPC)
Be Encouraged! ❤
Leisa Wilkins Ministries
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