En – Courage One Another

En-Courage
But exhort one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
Hebrews 3:13

We are all, as followers of Jesus, to be an encouragement to others. We are to daily encourage, because life can be tough.

Encourage: En-Courage
To encourage means to help a person to be more hopeful, determined or confident, to give a boost to their courage that will help them to continue on the path they are on, to persevere in the battle they are fighting. To encourage someone makes their burden a little lighter.

We Have an Encourager
The word ‘exhort’ used in Hebrews 3, also translated encourage, is the Greek word ‘parakaleo,’ from the words ‘para’ meaning ‘to come alongside,’ and ‘kaleo.’ Para meaning ‘to call’, to ‘beckon’ or to ‘speak to’ someone.  When these two words are put together, it describes someone who comes alongside, urging or beseeching another to make a correct decision or action. It’s the word Jesus used to describe the Holy Spirit, our Counsellor, in John 14:16

He comes alongside us, to encourage us in our walk, daily, hourly, moment by moment.

Pass The Encouragement On!
How amazing, that we have the Spirit of God to encourage, comfort and help us in our daily walk. But it doesn’t end there; we in turn are to encourage one another.  “…the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

This word “Parakaleo” was also used to describe the way military leaders encouraged their troops in battle. Many of us are in battles today, for our families, children, livelihoods, businesses, health, and marriages. During these trying times, with this virus sweeping across our world, we have a great opportunity to encourage one another!

We all have days when we need an ‘en-courager’ to come alongside and speak courage to us; to truthfully remind us that although the battle is hard, Jesus has already conquered, and that in Him, we are more than conquerors.

A Lifestyle of Encouraging Others
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.1 Thessalonians 5:11

“Just as you are doing” – the phrase “build one another up” is present continuous. It isn’t a one-off event, but a lifestyle of encouraging others, just as we, in turn, are continuously encouraged by our Comforter.
We have daily opportunities to find battle-weary friends and come alongside. To remind our fellow ‘troopers’ what we believe – or more importantly, WHO we believe. To remind them of the hope we have in Jesus Christ, of His great love, kindness, goodness, mercy and faithfulness.

We Can All Afford To Give Encouragement
There’s no one alive who cannot afford to give encouragement to another person, even if it’s just a (genuine) compliment, or to acknowledge the service someone has given you.
What about writing a note to that person who keeps coming to mind, to say, “I’m thinking about you.”

Encouragement is contagious, once you have received it, you understand the great value of it and most people want to pass it on.

Who will you encourage today?🎈

Jill 💜

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I love getting together with friends and sharing with each other over a cup of coffee what God is doing in our lives, it boosts my faith and lifts my heart. That's the aim of this blog. There's a story behind it; It was inspired after a friend gave me a single mustard seed, saying ‘that’s all it takes Jill’. What my friend didn’t know was that the very same morning God had reminded me of a promise He'd made to me over 20 years before regarding writing. I took the mustard seed home, planted it and watched it grow from a tiny sapling to a large, flourishing shrub at our front door. Every time I look at it it reminds me that our God is always true to his promises. Jesus lives in and works through his people, every single day. It's good to share what he's doing! I love talking about Him and writing about Him.

8 thoughts on “En – Courage One Another

    1. That’s lovely that you did that Beth. Sometimes it’s just those little things isn’t it? An email, a note, a smile at just the right moment; they can literally be life changing for someone in need. 🥰

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  1. this maybe what churches are lacking – we call it fellowship and we try to do it a lot but true fellowship should be a time to build one another up to encourage and celebrate what God is doing and can do and remind each other about His love for us – instead, fellowship usually means talking about the latest sporting event or politics at church or with Christian friends – I find I often leave my Christian interactions feeling no different than my everyday interactions with non Christians – your post inspires me on a personal level and it needs to inspire us on a church community level to make fellowship a time of encouragement – thank you for this!

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    1. What a great comment Dave, and I absolutely agree. When I get together with Christian friends, I don’t want to talk about shoes, makeup, Netflix or food, or, as the worship song goes: I don’t want to talk about Him (Jesus) as if He wasn’t in the room. Otherwise the church is just a social club 🙂

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      1. I have a post next week that touches on this – we have become a social club because we think that’s how we make Christianity more attractive to outsiders but we have actually made us the same as the world not an alternative

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