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2 Sep 2007

Give Me Encouragement or Give Me Death

Posted by Phil

encouragementWe meet as the family of God not only to worship Him, but also to encourage one another. We may say that we know this, but to realize how important encouragement is requires action. How disheartening it can be when encouragement is needed most, but not received.

In 2 Samuel, God’s prophet Joab is speaking to King David. He tells the king, “You love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that the commanders and their men mean nothing to you.” (2 Samuel 19:6). Joab continues on to say, “Now go out and encourage your men. I swear by the Lord that if you don’t go out, not a man will be left with you by nightfall. This will be worse for you than all the calamities that have come upon you from your youth until now.” (2 Samuel 19:7).

This event displays the true power of encouragement. Without it, the beloved King David would lose the admiration, respect, and loyalty of his entire army. But with it, David was able to “w[i]n over the hearts of all the men of Judah as though they were one man.” (2 Samuel 19:14). As Christians, we should not merely know the power of encouragement, but we should utilize it at every beneficial moment. There are times when it takes much effort from many different people before a person will be spurred on to action. Other times, however, one thoughtful comment can send a person from being lost to being in the heart of God.

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