An Ounce of Encouragement

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Devotion:  1 Thessalonians 5:11-14

An ounce of encouragement is worth a pound of false hope; or something like that.  You know I made that up; right?  Actually I wouldn’t trade one encouraging remark for any amount of false hope in the world.  Encouragement brings hope and the Bible says; “hope does not disappoint”.

Even if you do not have the gift of encouragement; you can still offer words that will change someone’s demeanor in a nano second.  Encouraging words or actions can change someone’s attitude in a split second.  Here’s the thing.  It’s actually a choice to choose to encourage one another.  The Bible says encourage one another while it is yet today.

There are people dealing with all kinds of un-curable sicknesses and diseases.  They need encouragement.  There are people who’ve lost their jobs and for the life of them, can’t seem to find one.  They need encouragement. There are those who’ve lost loved ones.  They need encouragement.  There are those who are caregivers for loved ones.  They always need encouragement.  That is what Christians are called to do.

Why would we ever offer false hope with cliche remarks such as; “Just hang on; everything’s going to be all right.”  “Chin up, you are stronger than you think.”   “Don’t take it so badly, it could be worse.”  Well, yes it could always be worse; but what good does that do?  Those kind of remarks just serve to make people feel worse and worse.

So how do we provide some encouragement?

Pick up the phone and make that call. Go purchase  an encouragement card for your loved one and  include some promises from God’s Word. For instance; “Those that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength.  They will mount up with wings like eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31.  “God loves you with an everlasting love and underneath you are His everlasting arms.”  “Thou will keep in perfect peace, he who’s mind is stayed on Thee.”

Encourage all your brothers and sisters in Christ.  Encourage your family and neighbors.  While there is time; encourage your Christian brothers and sisters in Christ.  Encourage the lost people to invite Christ into their hearts.

Prayer in Motion:

Oh Lord, may I always offer encouragement to those whom You have given me.  You are a God of encouragement through Your Word and through Your people.    I thank You for loving me so consistently and continually.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

 

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