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Oct06

Encouraging One Another

The Latest "Living in Hope with the One Leader" Study Series

 

As we walk through the valleys, we must not go alone; we need others to strengthen and help us along the way. What we might need most is encouragement. Why encouragement? When times are difficult, we can lose perspective and lose heart.

If we are alone, the enemy seeks to kill, steal, and destroy, and we are vulnerable to that attack. When we are alone, our emotions can begin to weigh heavily upon us, causing despair and making us want to throw in the towel.

Encouragement is “the action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope. To put courage into. Infuse with hope.”

The Purpose and Role of Encouragement:

  • Our Hearts Are Encouraged and Knit Together.

Colossians 2:2 says, “That their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself.”

  • We Build Up One Another.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.”

  • We Build Community.

Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another.”

Encouragement helps overcome loneliness and meets the need to be connected. We are relational beings, and the Lord has made us for one another. One of the greatest things people can do for one another in these challenging times is to encourage one another.

“Beneath all our problems there are desperately hurting souls that must find the nourishment only community can provide or die. The greatest need in modern civilization is the development of communities—true communities where the heart of God is home, where the humble and wise learn to shepherd those on the path behind them, where trusting strugglers lock arms with others as together they journey on.” – Larry Crabb

Encouragement comes from:

  • The Scriptures and the Lord.

Romans 15:4-5 says, “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus.”

  • A Mentor.

1 Thessalonians 3:2 says, “And we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith.”

  • A Father.

1 Thessalonians 2:11 says,Just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children.”

True encouragement comes from the Lord, who is working in (instilling courage into) us so that we can be an encouragement to others.

How can we encourage others? Please download and read the in-depth Bible study to study how we can encourage others and how that encouragement is linked to hope.

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Download a full version of this Bible Study containing all points and scripture references on this topic. This is part of the “Living in Hope with the One Leader” Bible Study Series—a series of free Bible study downloads as a complimentary gift to you.