“On Christian Encouragement”, from L.Willows; Scripture and Quotes (Courage, comforted, Walk of Faith)

When we encourage, it is taught that we are literally putting courage into someone. In scripture, the Encourager is someone who comes alongside of another and gives them comfort as well as strength. Encouragement itself nurtures patience and kindness as in as in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 –Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Encouragement is like water to our thirsty spirits as we walk in the journey of faith. We need the companionship of one another; to be lifted up by kind words, a listening heart and the gifts of time, patience and most especially gospel love. When we are compassionate during difficult times with one another it builds “muscles of courage” in one another that will strengthen the bonds of love. What are the muscles of courage? They are acts of bravery.

The Biblical definition of courage is defined as being motivated by the heart to do something brave. The Biblical definition of Encouragement is the act of giving hope. An Encourager, then is one that motivates others to have hope so that they are motivated from their hearts to be brave.

Got Questions.com describes that without encouragement, hardship becomes meaningless, and our will to go on wanes. The prophet Elijah struggled with discouragement (1 Kings 19:3-10), and so do we. It is important to remember that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against . . . the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). This truth makes encouragement all the more important. It is not just that we face the world’s displeasure; we are caught in the crosshairs of a spiritual battle. When we are encouraged in Christ, we have strength to put on our spiritual armor and remain steadfast (see Ephesians 6:10-18).

Even in places where Christians do not experience overt persecution or hatred, we all know that life can be difficult. Discouragement is not an uncommon human experience. At times, recognizing that there is meaning in the seemingly inconsequential things we do seems next to impossible. We may want to give up. Yet He who calls us is faithful, and He gives us the power to be faithful, too (1 Corinthians 1:9).

Christian Quotes on Encouragement

 “So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.” —Florence Nightingale

“Discernment is God’s call to intercession, never to faultfinding.”–Corrie Ten Bloom

“I would go to the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit. It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary.”–Charles Spurgeon

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” —Helen Keller

“Believers, look up. Take courage. The angels are nearer than you think.” Billy Graham

“Honest and courageous people have very little to say about either their courage or their honesty.” Hosea Ballou

“There was a castle called Doubting Castle, the owner whereof was Giant Despair.” John Bunyan

“The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them.” Thomas Aquinas

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” —C.S. Lewis

“Found in the Forever”, a poem from L.Willows” (Eternity, comforted, God’s Kingdom, Faith)

In near distance
you walk,
a life set free.
Glory, I see
the marks left in our tree.

In yesterday’s branches,
we all climbed so high
There in the mystery
you reached to the sky.

Oh, how I listened
and watched all that grew
Miracles all,
they seemed fastened
to you.

Wait,
can you see
very far from there?
Imagine a world
without time or care.

Found in the Forever
that dances somewhere
There to become,
to announce at God’s Door.

Open, say open-
Hearts of Love pour.

In near distance you walk,
a life set free
Glory, I see
the marks left in our tree.
Yesterday’s branches
still aching heart-breaking.

Soaking in the joy
of season’s time taking.

Yearning,
my heart
does reach like a child
Lifted beseech,
in God’s why reconciled.

© 2021 Linda Willows

1 Peter 1:22 —Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart.

Revelation 21:4 —“and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

“At The Dawn”, worship poem from L.Willows (Blessing, Eternal Hope, Healed)

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At The Dawn

Hope runs to freedom, skies fill with blue,
valleys and mountains are cast in love’s hue.
The dawn of a New day rises to crest.
Announcing, pronouncing, God’s will be blessed.

Tears run to streams of waters that light-
sparkle, like thousands of angels at night.
Dreams come to fore, they break in the days,
comforted, soaked in mercy’s sweet gaze.

Love runs to freedom; lives filled with You.
Worlds within worlds come tumbling through.
Running to love, we declare, we attest-
At the dawn, from the dawn, all will be blessed.

© 2020 Linda Willows

Revelation 7: 16-17
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

Isaiah 25:8 —He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.