Hebrews 3:13 – But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
There can be some days when we are feeling discouraged and doubt our faith. When our fellow brethren in Christ are going through a crisis and seeking emotional support, we are ought to encourage them with our words, deeds and actions. A research scholar went to a foreign country to pursue her studies. She had her Christian church members who supported her throughout her study emotionally, spiritually and financially. She was able to see Christ through her church members and was able to accept Him as her personal Saviour. Through encouragements, we are able to reflect a Christ like attitude and share the love of Christ to non-believers too.
In the Bible, Barnabas was known as the “son of encouragement.” He sold his property and laid the money at the apostles’ feet for spreading the gospel of Christ (Acts 4:36-37). Barnabas accompanied Paul in his missionary journeys to Europe. Intimate friends should encourage one another in prayer, admonish each other’s faults and pray for God’s intervention in their lives. Paul and Silas encouraged one another when they were in prison. They praised God even when they were in pain due to the beatings (Acts 16:25). Parents and grandparents should encourage their children to walk in godliness and not backslide. Timothy’s grandmother Lois and mother Eunice were instrumental in sharing their faith to him (1 Timothy 1:5). Church members should encourage each other through prayer and fellowship (Hebrews 10:25). We are called to provide encouragement to anyone who needs our help.