Be A Courager
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
I did a study on encouragement for our Wednesday morning bible study group today and thoroughly enjoyed the comments and dialog along the way. I began by asking what the definition for biblical encouragement is and the answers were spot on, “To encourage others is to seek to instill courage in the place where someone is experiencing fear, doubt worry or insecurity by placing their hope and trust in God.” Believers often times confuse positive words, kindness and compliments as encouragement and in truth all those things can be part of the equation, but far and away the most important part is God Himself.
If we want to encourage others we need to help them identify the fear they are facing and to bring it to God. It’s no wonder whenever an angel or messenger from God or Jesus Himself would show up unannounced that the very first words they spoke most often were, “Peace, fear not” or “do not be afraid.” God encourages us by addressing our greatest fear and He comforts us by replacing our fears with His promises, His presence and His love.
If you want to truly encourage others then help them identify what they are afraid of most today and then point them to Jesus, sharing God’s Word with them reminding them of the faithful promises God has made that no matter what we go through in this life we never go alone for He is with us. If you need a little love yourself today, find your own encouragement in the word of God. Pray and bring your fears to God and let Him speak to them through His Word. Be encouraged as He reminds you of His faithfulness, His love and His care. Be uplifted when you consider the height, the width and the depth of His love for you. Rest in the fact that He is with you always, now and forever and that there is no one like our God.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”
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