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We often think of support and comfort when we think of encouragement. The thrust behind biblical encouragement is to come alongside of someone with the goal to move them FORWARD in their lives and walk with God. It encompasses helping them deal with issues so they can grow.
It’s not just about making someone FEEL better it is about helping them BE better.
Here are some of the words associated with biblical encouragement:
- to strengthen
- be strong
- become strong
- be courageous
- be firm
- grow firm
- be resolute
- to call to one’s side
- to admonish, exhort
- to beg, entreat, beseech
- to console
- to encourage and strengthen by consolation
- to comfort
- to instruct, teach
So, the question is: how much are WE doing this in our lives toward others? Are we coming alongside of others to help them move forward in their walks with God? Are we helping to instill courage in them to walk the surrendered walk of faith? If not, why not?
Father I lift up the saints in Honduras today and pray courage into their lives. Fill them mightily with Your Spirit, who is the Paraclete, and come alongside of them to strengthen, console, comfort, instruct and move forward in their faith walk. Thank You for their desire to serve others and glorify You, build this desire more deeply in their hearts and show a power of faith and trust in their lives to glorify Your name and advance Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ mighty name!
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