Encourage the Encouragers!
Seeking to live and breath the Word of God, I have learned to recognize my Spiritual Gift as an Encourager. This has prompted a few appreciated titles for Gramma Cherbear. Cybersaint bear! Messenger bear! Cyber-Tutor Grandma, And my personal favorite, Ministering angel bear!
William Barclay said, "One of the highest of human duties is the duty of encouragement. It is easy to laugh at men's ideals; it is easy to pour cold water on their enthusiasm; it is easy to discourage others. The world is full of discouragers. We have a Christian duty to encourage one another. Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet. Blessed is the man who speaks such a word."
Did you know that Satan attacks encouragers, too? Well, He Does! Big Time! I have suffered discouragement because some I desire to be a solid source of support for me, are not! "IN FAITH, HE..." confirmed me, as no one else could do! Bringing my encouragement from unexpected places, showing me that I am not to seek the approval of man, but only that which He offers.
Isaiah 61:1-3 "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me...to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment (expressive) of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit - that they may be called oaks of righteousness (lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified." The Amplified Bible.
I believe this is the heart of an encourager. Their purpose is to glorify the Lord! Please, be mindful to encourage your encouragers. They may not show the pain so often inflicted upon them. Pray for their courage!
Gal.6:9-10 And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint...Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith (those who belong to God's family with you, the believers).
The Amplified Bible
I praise You, Lord Jesus, for being my Strong Tower. I give thanks to You, for You bring my encouragement from unexpected places and in due season! Amen
"But the fruit the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy and peace. It is being patient, kind and good. It is being faithful and gentle and having control of oneself. There is no law against things of that kind." Galatians 5:22-23
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