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|Thursday, July 16, 2020|
Do you have the gift of discouragement?
A surprising amount of people do!
They’re the ones who text or post things like:
The gift of discouragement is everywhere, which is odd. Because most people already have enough of that:
Discouragement is everywhere. Meaning everybody could use some encouragement. Yet surprisingly few excel at this.
As followers of Jesus, we're called to a lifestyle of encouraging others. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 commands, “We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”
And why aren’t we better at this business of encouragement? Calvin Miller observes, “Because we don't want to get involved. Because most people are so bent on appearing self-sufficient, they all but make it impossible for us to see their hurt. Only when we train ourselves to see with the eyes of Christ will be able to penetrate people's affable armor and see that in spite of their grinning facade, they are bleeding."
WANTED: An Encourager. A man or woman committed to building up others more than self. Must be willing to listen without lecture. Our ideal candidate is presently enrolled in—or recently graduated from--the School of Hard Knocks. Those who have their act together need not apply. Those too self-absorbed in their hurts—need not apply. BUT...for those willing to walk in the sandals of the Savior…those who themselves are bruised yet committed more to refreshment than judgment, to comfort more than criticism, there's a place for you--on every street in every town. So grab a cup of cold water. Thirsty folks are everywhere. Thirsty for encouragement.
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. --1 Thessalonians 5:11
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