Encourage Someone Today
Posted: Wednesday, October 14
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Verse of the day:
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
Be encouraged by the Lord today and encourage someone else. (Hebrews 3:13) We all need an encouraging word from time to time. Most likely there is someone you will cross paths with today that needs an encouraging word or deed. Could it be that it’s God’s plan to encourage them through you? Four times (2 Corinthians 13:11 and others) in the New Testament the phrase “encourage one another” is used. (NIV) Many other times you see the Church encouraging others and exhorting one another to be encouragers. God told Moses to encourage Joshua. (Deuteronomy 3:28) Yes, God wants us to be His instruments of encouragement.
The best encouragement you can give anyone is to encourage them to make Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior. When they do that, they will experience the “eternal encouragement and good hope” from the Lord spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17. Be encouraged in the Holy Spirit like the early Church was. (Acts 9:31) Encourage others with the Word. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 says, “Therefore encourage one another with these words….” Encourage others in the faith. Barnabas, known as “the son of encouragement”, did this when he was sent by the Church to Antioch. Acts 11:23 says this. “When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.” Come to Church to encourage others and be encouraged. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25) Finally, encourage those who are disheartened. 1 Thessalonians 5:13 says to “encourage the disheartened.” Reach out to the hurting and discouraged around us. I could find myself disheartened having just lost my dad, but I am encouraged instead, by my God and my brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you!