The Need for Encouragement
“When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece.” Acts 20:2 ESV
The early church had a powerful revelation of the need for encouragement. I like to define encouragement as simply the infusion of courage. There is no one who could not use some courage in their life. Courage to make decisions. Courage to step out in faith. Courage to live for God in the midst of a wicked generation.
As long as the church remains, believers will continually be in need of encouragement.
We see in the book of Acts that the apostles and prophets primary role was to encourage the believers. This required living a life of great faith and knowing the word of God in order to truly encourage.
Encouragement is not merely compliments. It certainly is not any form of flattery. It actually may even be correction at times.
There is nothing more discouraging then putting all your effort in the wrong direction!
I believe each and every one of us has a call to encourage. We should all strive to become better at encouraging each other.
The very nature of Christ is a nature of encouragement. With his encouragement, simple fishermen became world changers!
Takeaway: Do you consider yourself to be an encourager? Who around you could use encouragement today? I encourage you to become a person who is extremely effective in the important practice of encouragement. Look to the word of God daily as fuel for your endeavor to encourage.
Acts 20:2, English Standard Version (ESV) When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement,…bible.com