For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we may have hope. May the God who gives you endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus Romans 15:4-5 NIV
Encouragement from the Scripture
Paul says it so well. We are to receive encouragement from God’s Word. However, he also tells us that we are to not give up. Yes, sometimes things happen that cause us hurt. But Paul reminds us that we must persevere.
Encourage One Another
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
As believers in Christ, we are given instructions to help, to encourage those young in the faith. Those of us who have been walking with Jesus for a long time are to live our lives as an example for those who are new to following the LORD.
I took a gift analysis test in the late 1970s or early 1980s. The results showed that I had the gift of encouragement. This amazed me. There were so many things in my life that seemed to keep me down.
One evening in the mid-1980s, I had a question come to my mind. It went like this;” Where does an encourager go when he or she needs encouragement?” Almost immediately, I had another thought, “He or she goes to the LORD.” God heard my question and He answered it.
God gives us encouragement through many ways:
Through our Bible and devotional reading,
through answers to our prayers,
through a friend,
through a sermon.
"Where Could I Go But To The LORD" Gaither Homecoming group.