I was thinking about how great it is when somebody encourages me. Then I thought about how great it is when I encourage someone else. And how I need to do it more!
Everyone needs encouragement. The times we are living in right now can be enough to make someone want to give up or tap out.
But remember the words of encouragement from Jesus when He tells us in John 16:33 “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart because I have overcome the world.”
The word encourage is made up from two words:
En- to cause (a person or thing) to be in and Courage-the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
David was encouraged by Jonathan. Joshua was encouraged by God to be strong and courageous.
Mary was encouraged by God to not be afraid. Paul encouraged Timothy. And the words Paul wrote to us still encourage us to this day.
1 Thessalonians 5:9
“For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. 10 Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. 11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”
So…Be encouraged! And go encourage someone else today!