Be Encouraged!

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, August 15, 2019


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

Many people cannot wait for the end of the week. Some have had to deal with health crises, while others struggled with financial challenges. Many are troubled by a failed relationship, while others are battling a chronic addiction.

To my brothers and sisters that did not want to get out of bed this morning because of their current circumstance, I want to encourage you to make the best of this day. If you are discouraged by the vicissitudes of life, be encouraged. Do not allow your present circumstance to define the rest of your life.

My prayer for you is that you will learn to turn your pressure into praise, and your burden into a blessing. If no one else has told you so, I want to let you know that I am praying for you. I pray for God’s strength to be made perfect in your weakness. May the joy of the Lord overflows your heart so that you may have the courage to rejoice in your predicament!

In today’s text, the writer exhorts believers to encourage one another. The word encouragement comes from the root word that means to put courage into. Someone in your family, or your neighborhood, or your church, or your job needs you to put courage into them. That individual may be on the verge of quitting on themselves, or their career, or their family, or their ministry. Take the time to reach out and tell the person to be encouraged!

During my personal devotion time this morning, the Lord told me to write this devotional and let people know to be encouraged. You may have to shed some tears, but be encouraged. For those that have been diagnosed with cancer, be encouraged. To my brothers and sisters that are undergoing chemotherapy, be encouraged.

Do not underestimate the power you have to make a difference through encouragement. Just a simple word of encouragement can brighten someone’s day. You can save a marriage with a word of encouragement. Your word of encouragement can help someone make it through law school or med school.

We sometimes assume that only people that are struggling need our encouragement. Even those that are doing well need to be encouraged. We are all one decision away from a disaster. Most of us struggle with self-doubt. Many parents are unsure about the impact they are having in the life of their children. They can quickly feel like a failure when their children go astray or do not live up to certain expectations. Therefore, we have to encourage one another and to build up each other.

Make this day a day of positivity. Let everything that comes out of your mouth, be encouraging and uplifting. Give extra grace to those who offend you. Be a little more patient in dealing with difficult people. If someone has made a mistake, take the opportunity to mentor that person toward excellence. Do not hesitate to let others know that you love them with the love of Christ.

Encouragement is an exercise of compassion. An act of kindness never goes unrewarded. Indeed, those who encourage others will themselves be encouraged by others. So go ahead and exhale. Though you may be discouraged, find the strength to encourage someone else. Then you will see how quickly you will be encouraged yourself.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, I pray for all those who are struggling to make it through this day. Please help them to be encouraged knowing that all things work for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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