Christians Need Encouragement
Throughout all of Scripture, we see evidence that Christians are not meant to walk alone in their faith. In fact, we are instructed to encourage each other (Prov. 27:17; 1 Thess. 5:11; Heb. 10:23–25), because we need one another.
The word need might be difficult to accept. Do you and I really need the encouragement of others? Isn’t Christ all that we need? Yes, but Christ often provides what we need through the words and deeds of other people.
Scripture indicates that there is a need for encouragement from others so that we can finish the race well. We will sometimes be discouraged in our journeys, and we need reminders from our fellow laborers and brothers and sisters in Christ that God is for us and with us and has changed us. That we are doing good work and living in step with the Spirit. This means that you and I should feel a freedom to receive that encouragement. Receive it, rejoice in it, remember the Lord, and remember that it is God who has done this work of grace. You need to be encouraged.
What do we say then? If you struggle to receive encouragement without verbally acknowledging that the Lord is responsible, by all means, say it. But if you have used a cliché phrase to appear humble, confess your sin and ask God to help you receive encouragement, acknowledging in your heart that He is the giver of all good things.
Next time you say, “Glory to God!” may it be because you truly believe that God deserves all the glory for what He has done. And perhaps an alternative way of receiving encouragement would be to simply say, “Thank you!”
Editor’s Note: This article was first published on January 5, 2018.