According to Wikipedia, the National Day of Encouragement in the United States was announced in 2007 and occurs each year on September 12. That’s today! So, let me bring some encouragement to you.
What is encouragement?
- to express approval
- to inspire with hope
- to give support
- to impart courage
- to impart confidence
- to stimulate
- to cheer
- to embolden
The Bible admonishes us to encourage each other daily. There is no suggestion of “once a year” encouragement. Life can throw us some hard punches and we might succumb to discouragement, that’s why we need to encourage each other daily.
The Apostle Paul was first introduced to the church in Jerusalem by Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, who was called Barnabas, “the Son of Encouragement”.
After his conversion, when Saul (later called Paul) came to Jerusalem, it was hard for him to join the disciples, because they were all afraid of him. Could the great persecutor really be a believer? Then Barnabas, the Son of Encouragement, stepped in and brought him to the apostles.
He told them about Saul’s experience, how the Lord had spoken to him on the road to Damascus, and how he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. Thanks to the “encourager” Saul could move freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. When the Grecian Jews tried to kill him, the brothers sent him off to Tarsus.
Later on Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and brought him to Antioch. From there they went on their first missionary journey together.
Encouragers are great people! Today is their day to shine!
The Apostle Paul had encouragers he sent to the churches. One of them was Tychicus. He sent him to Ephesus, “that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.” He sent him to the Colossians, “for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts.”
Another encourager was Timothy. Paul sent him to the Thessalonians to “strengthen and encourage” them in their faith. When Timothy came back he brought good news about their faith and love. “Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith,” wrote Paul in a letter to them.
In the letter to the Thessalonians Paul speaks about Jesus Second Coming and tells them to “encourage each other with these words” (1 Thess 4:18).
Then he tells them, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
To Titus, another encourager, Paul writes, “These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you” (Titus 2:15).
We don’t know who the writer of Hebrews is, but he (or she/it could have been a woman) knew the importance of encouragement.
- “encourage one another daily” (Heb 3:13).
- “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Heb 10:24).
- “let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb 10:25).
What does “the Day” mean? The most glorious, wonderful thing that will ever happen. When Jesus comes back to take his Bride to heaven! The day when we litteraly will “fly away” to glory.
This is what I want to encourage you with today. Jesus is coming back!
“Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
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“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,
who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement
and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you
in every good deed and word” (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17).