2 Thessalonians 2:16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
I know a lot of people who are really going through some hard stuff right now. Sickness, heartache, financial struggles, identity, workload, and the like. Some of them are even going through more than one of those! These kinds of things can lead to anxiety, fear, and depression. They can lead to apathy and wanting just to give up altogether. It would be nice if someone would just come along with some encouragement. They really need that right now.
Encouragement is such a great thing, isn’t it? When our spirits our down, someone comes along and lifts us up. If you break down the word encourage, it literally means to fill with courage. That’s what we really need! We need to be filled with courage to face the heartache. We need to be overwhelmed with strength to take on an impossible workload. We need bravery to weather this financial struggle. Encouragement. That’s what we need.
The good news is that God is never short of encouragement. It says here in 2 Thessalonians that by his grace, he has given us eternal encouragement. That’s a lot, my friend. Eternal goes on forever; it doesn’t run out. So in the midst of whatever it is you are facing, ask him to encourage your soul. Ask him to pour out his grace in such a way that your spirits are lifted. He created you, knows you inside and out, and loves you! Let him infuse you today with a grace that will change your perspective and turn your situation around.
*Could you use some encouragement today?