The Importance Of Encouragement!
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I encourage you to look at your own life and think about the importance of encouragement has been to you. Think about those who have inspired you, and thank God that He put them in your life at that moment.
Now turn it around, think about who you can be a source of encouragement to, get busy, and start helping them, and you will begin seeing your life improving too because of your help to others! I have found that to be true in my life, and it can happen in your life too!~ 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 to encourage 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 from the troubles they would face. He told them the world would hate them (John 15:18-21; see 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 more significant than any problem we have ever faced.
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 sometimes be challenging.
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. 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 Barnabas’s encouragement, the apostle Paul was first accepted by the church in Jerusalem (Acts 9:27). Through Barnabas’s encouragement, 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 motivation, we can easily be overwhelmed by our pains and troubles. So, the Bible tells us to encourage one another and 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 burnout. 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.
The Importance Of Encouragement Is To Share God’s Word With Others!
Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:
John 3:16 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Psalm 119:105 ESV
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Hebrews 4:12 ESV
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Romans 8:28 ESV
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
John 16:33 ESV
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
John 14:6 ESV
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Isaiah 41:10 ESV
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
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