Encourage and Be Encouraged!

Glean wisdom from God's word. Discover the benefits of encouraging others.

Posted in , Nov 14, 2011

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Some things are worth doing every day: eating, brushing your teeth, praying, reading your Bible. But here’s something you may not think about every day: the importance of encouragement.

The concept of encouraging is found repeatedly in the Bible. “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…encouraging one another” (Hebrews 10:24-25). Job, in chastising his false comforters, says that if the roles were reversed, “My mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief” (Job 16:5). Joseph, who worked closely with the apostles to establish the early church, was called Barnabas by them because he was a “son of encouragement” (Acts 4:36).

Encouragement is valuable in everything we do. It gives us energy and self-confidence. It helps us tackle big jobs and wade through difficult times. While George Washington’s army was shivering in the bitter cold of their winter in Valley Forge, some of the men felt like deserting. Learning of this, General Washington ordered a special review of one especially resentful group and told them, “I have great confidence in the men of Connecticut!” After that, these men fought much better and went on to help win the Revolutionary War.

Of course, the supreme Encourager is our loving Heavenly Father. “You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry” (Psalm 10:17). God wants us to be “mutually encouraged by each other’s faith” (Romans 1:12). We’re here to lift each other up—and to praise God in the process! “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5-6).

Yes, some things are worth doing every day. Why not put “encourage others” at the top of that list?


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