“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them” 2 Timothy 3:14
Below are some thoughts from a recent message about encouragement that I shared with the congregation at Crossroads. Here is a link to the message if you would like to listen.
One of the points I brought out in the message was from 2 Timothy 3:14. We are living in a hard world it can become very discouraging so it’s important to be obedient to what the Word of God tells us. We must stick to and continue in the things we learn from God’s Word. God’s Word has the ability to encourage us even in the worst of circumstances. With that said, the Lord wants us to encourage one another and build each other up.
1st Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT) gives us some more good insight. It says “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” Have you ever had the weight of your own problem lifted from your life because you reached out to encourage someone else?
I believe encouraging others is a way to extend God’s grace and you don’t have to have a perfect life or be in a perfect place to do it. The Apostle Paul was in prison when he wrote the church a Colossi encouraging them to encourage others. Read Colossians 4:2-8.
We see it in his attitude in Acts 20:1-2 (NLT). Paul has faced some horrific circumstances but he didn’t let them stop him. It says “When the uproar was over, Paul sent for the believers[ and encouraged them. Then he said good-bye and left for Macedonia. While there, he encouraged the believers in all the towns he passed through. Then he traveled down to Greece.” Wow! He was encouraging people in the Lord coming and going. What an amazing example to live by.
Then in 1 Samuel 30:6 it looks as though David has lost everything. His soldiers were speaking of stoning him. His family has been taken captive. The place had been burned but we see David strengthening himself in the Lord. There are times when there may be no one else there to encourage you but David’s example can be a reminder for us that when we feel all alone we can turn to God and receive hope, strength, and answers from Him. Afflictions trials and struggles will defeat us if we don’t learn to encourage ourselves in the Lord. I believe encouragement is a lifestyle we need to embrace.
Proverbs 12:25-Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word (encouragement) makes it glad!