Encouragement is a very special spiritual gift. One that often gets hidden. One that people may feel is not “good enough.” But we are all told every part of the Body of Christ (the true Church) is important. Every toe is as important as an eye.
(NIV) 1 Thessalonians 4:18, “Therefore encourage one another with these words.”
It’s important to note that many of these gifts we all can partake in, and SHOULD. It’s just the Lord may use someone more in a particular gift than others.
This study on the gifts of the Holy Spirit is to encourage you to examine yourselves in Jesus. To see Him, to know Him, and to ask Him for direction in where He is leading you.
All of these gifts are from Him, regardless. They are NOT for our glory, BUT HIS!
(NIV) 1 Corinthians 12:05-06, “There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”
Encourage– to inspire with courage, hope, or spirit. To attempt to persuade. To spur on or to give help.
(NIV) Romans 12:08, “if it is to encourage, then give encouragement.”
Spiritual Encouragement Shown In A Person
- encouraging people with scripture (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
- encouraging people with faith so people can endure trials (1 Thessalonians 3:02, Acts 14:22)
- encouraging each other through meeting up (Hebrews 10:25)
- encouraging others through rebuke with great patience and gentle instruction (2 Timothy 4:02, Titus 2:15)
When I first started thinking about writing this post I did not think about how giving encouragement could appear in so many ways. We need to speak the truth, God’s word, to people. We need to encourage people in their walk with Jesus and meet up with others when we can. In the world we live in, we can also call, email, and use other resources online to connect, especially with those that do not live close.
Probably what surprised me the most about encouragement is learning the “not so easy” or “fun” part of it.
It is very important to note that spiritual encouragement is not just comforting people or making them feel good. Spiritual encouragement may be correcting and rebuking others in love. The truth is not always easy to hear but it is the truth we must encourage each other with.
Again, regardless of if this is a particular spiritual gift we have or not, all of these things we need to bear in mind when we encourage others, no matter what.
One last point I want to make. As this is a spiritual gift, this means the Holy Spirit is the One acting within us to encourage others. This means He may cause us to give encouragement when we don’t know that person really needs encouragement or that person needs a rebuke. God knows, and He absolutely will use us.
Some Spiritual Gifts That May Connect To Encouragement:
- Leading (leaders need to rebuke & instruct)
- Teaching (teachers need to instruct)
- Serving (serving through example can provide opportunities to encourage others)
I hope this was informative! Go forward in Christ!
How can you use encouragement for others?
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