Look at your own life and think about the importance of encouragement has been to you. Think about those who have encouraged you and thank God that He put them in your life at that moment in time. ~ Bill Greguska
Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness,”
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In 1 Thessalonians 5:11 it says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Throughout the Bible, we see instructions to encourage one another and scriptures with the purpose of encouraging all of us. Why would you think that is? The answer to that is because encouragement is necessary to build our faith.
Jesus told His followers, “In this world, you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b). Jesus did not shelter His followers about the troubles they would face. He told them the world would hate them (John 15:18-21; see also Matthew 10:22-23 and 2 Corinthians 2:15-16). But Jesus’ depressing forecast was fortified with cheer; He followed His prediction of trouble with a beautiful word of encouragement: He has overcome the world. Jesus is greater than any problem we have faced or will ever face.
Without encouragement, problems and trials become meaningless, and our will to go on becomes weak.
The prophet Elijah wrestled with discouragement (1 Kings 19:3-10), and so do we. It is important to remember that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). This truth makes encouragement all the more valuable. It is not just that we face the world’s displeasure; we are caught right in the middle of a spiritual battle. When we are encouraged in Jesus Christ, we have the strength to put on our spiritual armor to protect us and remain steadfast (see Ephesians 6:10-18).
Even in places where Christians do not experience blatant persecution or hatred, we all know that life can be tough at times.
Discouragement is not uncommon for any one of us. At times, recognizing that there is meaning in the tiny things we do seems next to impossible. We may consider giving up. Yet Jesus who calls us is faithful, and He gives us the power to be faithful, too (1 Corinthians 1:9).
There was a man in the early church named Joseph, who was given the nickname “Barnabas,” which means “Son of Encouragement” (Acts 4:36). What a blessing Barnabas was to all of the believers of his day! Through the encouragement of Barnabas, the apostle Paul was first accepted by the church in Jerusalem (Acts 9:27). Through the encouragement of Barnabas, Mark was given a second chance after his terrible failure (Acts 13:13; 15:39).
We Can Not Live Without Encouragement!
Without encouragement, life would soon start to feel pointless and burdensome. Without encouragement, we can be easily overwhelmed by the genuine pains and troubles of our lives. So, the Bible tells us to encourage one another, to remind each other of the truth that God loves us, that God will equip us, that we are valued and treasured, and that our struggles are worth it because of Jesus Christ’s love for us.
Encouragement from the Bible gives us the will and strength to carry on. It is a snapshot of the bigger picture. And it can prevent burn-out. It can save us from believing lies (“sin’s deceitfulness”). Encouragement helps us experience abundant life (see John 10:10).
Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” God’s Word is full of encouragement. Pleasant words, indeed.
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