Being an encourager can change the lives of others. Being an encourager is advising of something proven to work, not necessarily your own opinion. Even if the only thing you can tell them is to pray. Prayer is proven to work. God is always a guarantee. Sometimes people will often push their opinions on someone that they are not practicing in their own homes that can negatively affect yours. Being an encourager is not something you have to force. People want to hear what is right, what is the right thing to do in "my" situation. Not what you wish you dared to do in yours. Being an encourager is like being a cheerleader, a mother, or a big momma. You will always hear what is right to get you motivated to win or make a great decision. Everyone needs encouragement; get in tune with the people around you so that you can send a little sunshine their way. It is not always about you. Look deeper, people are hurting, and here you are, self-absorbed. Take time to encourage your circle, a stranger, the person working to help you, or a person you haven't spoken to in a while. Today is encouragement day!
One of the greatest encouragers in the Bible was Paul. In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, Paul said, "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed." No matter the obstacles he faced he still had the strength to encourage and give hope to others. Just as we all need a Paul in our life, we all should strive to be one as well.
James was another one. He said, "Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing." (James 1:2-4)
Barnabas who's name means which means "Son of Encouragement" or "Son of Exhortation" (Act:4:36). Barnabas seemed to excel at encouragement and exhortation. Barnabas mentored Paul
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. 1 (Thessalonians 5:11)
"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,
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