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4th December 2022

Being An Encourager

(Series on encouraging – Part 1)


And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25



The 2010 film The King’s Speech tells the story of the United Kingdom’s King George VI, who unexpectedly became monarch when his brother relinquished the throne. With the country on the brink of World War II, government officials wanted a well-spoken leader because of the increasingly influential role of radio. King George VI, however, struggled with a stutter.


I was especially drawn to the film’s portrayal of George’s wife, Elizabeth. Throughout George’s painful struggle to overcome his speech difficulty, she was his constant source of encouragement. Her steadfast devotion helped provide the support he needed to overcome his challenge and rule well during the war.


The Bible highlights the stories of encouragers who gave help and assistance during challenging circumstances. Moses had Aaron and Hur’s support during Israel’s battles (Exodus 17:8–16). Jonathan went to encourage David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God (I Sam. 23:16–18). Elizabeth encouraged her pregnant relative Mary (Luke 1:42–45).


After his conversion, Paul needed the support of Barnabas, whose name literally means “son of encouragement”. When the disciples were fearful of Paul, Barnabas, at the risk of his own reputation, vouched for him (Acts 9:27). His endorsement was essential to Paul being welcomed by the Christian community. Barnabas later served as Paul’s travelling and preaching companion (Acts 14). Despite the dangers, they worked together to proclaim the gospel.


After his conversion, Paul needed the support of Barnabas, whose name literally means “son of encouragement”. When the disciples were fearful of Paul, Barnabas, at the risk of his own reputation, vouched for him (Acts 9:27). His endorsement was essential to Paul being welcomed by the Christian community. Barnabas later served as Paul’s travelling and preaching companion (Acts 14). Despite the dangers, they worked together to proclaim the gospel.


Believers in Jesus are still called to “encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). May we be eager to offer encouragement to help and support others, especially as they face difficult circumstances. The encouragement of a friend can make all the difference.


Read

Acts 9:26–31.

Prayer

Eternal Father God, thank You for the people You have put in my life to encourage me. Help me to also encourage others. In Jesus name. Amen.



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