Daily Truth: “When they read it they rejoiced over its encouragement.” Acts 15:31
The word encouragement can be a noun or a verb. As a noun it “is the act of encouraging” “the state of being encouraged” or “something that encourages”. As a verb it “is to inspire or give courage”.
Encouragement should therefore inspire, give courage, and add strength to one’s character. In Acts 15:31 a letter is sent to the people of Antioch to encourage. A letter, baked cookies, flowers, acts of service, a hug, and many other things can give encouragement. God has many examples of encouragement in His Word that we can apply to our lives today to show and teach encouragement.
Six Examples of Encouragement Taught in the Bible
That We Can Use Today
- Moses felt as though he was not equipped to take on the Pharaoh of Egypt. Exodus 3:10-4:21 God provided the resources which gave encouragement that Moses would need. God will provide for you and your child too. As parents we can provide the necessary items and people such as coaches or instructors to help each child to play a sport or instrument. Parents provide encouragement too by attending games and recitals.
- Joshua was to become the next leader of the Israelites. Moses had been a mentor for many years. Deuteronomy 31 Godly mentoring is valuable to your child too. We all learn by example. The saying “actions speak louder than words” is true. Joshua had seen Moses rely on God for strength and guidance. Let your child too see how God provides for your family’s needs and guidance. Pray as a family and praise God for answered prayer. Read missionary biographies together to see God’s provision and guidance. These real life stories provide great encouragement and a form of mentoring.
- Rahab provided encouragement and protection of the Israelite spies that came to Jericho. She told the spies that she had heard of all the amazing things their God had done. Joshua 2:3-14 Share your life stories with your children how God has watched over you. We serve a powerful and sovereign God. Make God real to your children by using real life examples and share by telling of those those special times.
- Even after Peter denies the Lord Jesus Christ three times Jesus upon his return is gentle, loving and encouraging. John 21:1-19 Our children will disappoint us at times. Remember the example Christ set for us. We all make mistakes. Peter was broken and repentant. Christ forgave, restored and encouraged. What an example!
- John Mark is left by Paul. Barnabas encourages John Mark by taking him along to share the God News of Jesus Christ. Acts 15:36-41 Even when someone disappoints us or our children, look to see what we can learn. Growth can come from a disappointment. Help your child grow spiritually and look to God. Be an encourager as Barnabas was to John Mark.
- Jesus is coming again! Acts 1:11 What hope and encouragement that is to the believer! We are sinful people yet Jesus died, rose again, ascended into heaven and is coming again for us. He died for each one of us. He didn’t have to, Jesus did nothing wrong. What an encouragement that is to know that our heavenly Father loved us so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place. What a loving sacrifice, what an encouragement, what a Savior!
God encourages us daily. Parents need to encourage children daily. God’s Word gives us examples to teach us how to encourage one another.
Encouragement is an act of love. “Love one another as (God) so loved you”. John 15:12b
What are some ideas for encouragement that you do with your family?
Until the next “Truth” sharing moment,