Good Words for Today: August 28

“Encourage the fainthearted” (1 Thessalonians 5:14). The word is very unusual. It literally means to be “small-souled.” This group of people is easily discouraged and despondent. They are overwhelmed by stress and burdened with problems. They are discouraged because the courage they need, they cannot find. It especially includes those who shrink before persecution, who fall under great temptation, who face trials at home, at work, at school, who find the Christian life one continual struggle. Paul says we are to “encourage” them. That is, we are to put courage into them. The word means to appeal to the emotions. We should find these people and give them a little TLC—Tender Loving Care. Anyone can do this. You are perfectly qualified for this ministry. You don’t need to read any books or attend any seminars. Take a look around you  There are people on every hand who need the help only you can give. Go ahead. Do it. Don’t wait for anyone else. Who will you encourage today?

August 28, 2016

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