Today’s Scripture: Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Gal. 6:2).
In today’s Scripture we are told to bear one another’s burden, and in doing so we will fulfill the law of Christ. Exhortation is a spiritual gift. It is the unique ability to encourage and edify others. It is an urging done by someone close. To exhort means to call to ones side. To develop relationships for the purpose of encouraging them. The person who has the gift of exhortation can use the gift to counsel, for discipleship, and for preaching. This gift is used to encourage other believers. Some believers are going through a difficult time and may be wavering in their faith. We must encourage one another to continue in the grace of God.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up just as in fact you are doing.
(1 Thess. 5:11)
Encouragement brings a level of comfort and peace to one’s soul. Romans 14:19 instructs us to make every effort to do what leads to peace. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. We are to exhort one another daily by praying together, by instructing one another in doctrines of the Gospel and by putting one another in mind of the covenant of grace.
Encouragement is necessary to our walk of faith. We are to comfort one another in prayer and build one another up at the time of need. Believers are not exempt from the world’s troubles. During the time of testing and trials we will face trouble. Encouragement helps us to dress in our armor and prepares us for the onset of the battle. It helps us to endure so that we can remain steadfast in the battles of life. It is not uncommon for us to become discouraged during these times. We may have feelings of hopelessness and want to give up. At times such as these, encouragement gives us hope. Encouragement nurtures patience when we feel overwhelmed by painful situations. Without it we could also experience feelings of being unloved. The Bible tells us to encourage one another, to remind each other of the truth of God’s love. Encouragement gives us the will to carry on.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Proverb 16:24)
Let us encourage one another through our gifts. If you see someone who needs help, someone who is hurting, or someone who does not know the love of God, comfort, encourage, and teach them. Help them to find a level of comfort and peace. A smile and a kind word can be a great start to an encouraging conversation. Hearing the phrase “Jesus loves you” can make all the difference in someones life. Just knowing that someone loves you and cares can give a person hope. There are believers who are going through difficult times. We must encourage one another to continue in God’s grace.
A few encouraging words can save a life. Hold a hand and be a friend. Show the love of Christ.
Blessings of my love to you!