1 Thessalonians 5:14  “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, COMFORT the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.”

The word encouragement means the expression of approval and support. Another definition is the act of giving hope or support to someone. 

The Christian life is compared to an athlete running in a race. A race is hard on the runner.  As they are nearing the end of the race they have various aches in their body and they want to stop. They realize the worth of their friends’ and fans’ encouragement.   In the same way, Christians are to encourage one another. A word of encouragement offered at the right time can make the contrast between completing the race and becoming exasperated along the way.

Everyone needs encouragement. We may see someone who looks as if they need to hear encouraging words. There are so many ways in which we can encourage others. Their day may have been altered, and they probably would like to hear a nice word or smile.  It is easy to get wrapped up in our lives. There are so many people who are alone or hurting. We are told in the Bible to edify one another. To edify means to build someone up.


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