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Topic: Encouragement (among believers) (11/08/07)
TITLE: A Gift For Who?
By Shawn Smith
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Every time Iíve asked God for comfort and encouragement, He has provided it through the love and fellowship of other believers who have the ability to look past their own trials and tribulations to see my suffering. And it occurs to me that for Him to touch me through their compassion, His hands must be working through them, touching them, moving their spirits to lift mine.
By definition, encouragement is to inspire hope, courage or confidence. It is seen as a blessing to the benefactor, the one who is suffering, the one who is lifted out of their sorrows and into the arms of the Lord. And yet what a gift for the encourager to have the hand of the Lord touching him or her. What better way to be encouraged, to be inspired to hope, than to encourage a fellow believer during his or her times of affliction? What better way to increase your faith than to allow the hands of God to move through you to lift the spirits of another?
The gift of encouragement is truly a gift indeed.
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