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Jan 31, 2017 | |Elizabeth Prentiss

The words “to encourage” can properly translate the New Testament word that means “to call beside.”  When we encourage, we are coming alongside someone else, cheering them on.  We are offering comfort and motivation.  When we encourage someone, they know they are not alone.

Jesus promised that troubles will come to all of us in this world (John 16:33).  This is a fact no one can escape.  But when those times of trouble come, how precious it is to have someone to encourage us and remind us that Jesus didn’t stop after acknowledging the troubles we would know.  He also told us to “be of good cheer” because He has overcome the world!  When a fellow believer reminds of this truth in the midst of troubles, it can provide much-needed encouragement.

We can each be the source of similar encouragement to others.  When we know someone is struggling, we can come alongside them and call out to them, reminding them that Jesus has overcome the world and they can make it through this trouble.

Elizabeth Prentiss was a woman who knew her share of troubles, from physical illness to losing a precious child.  But she determined to use what she learned in her life to help others.  She said, “Much of my experience of life has cost me a great price and I wish to use it for strengthening and comforting other souls.”  Let us follow her example and encourage one another with the encouragement and comfort we have received.

Think About It:

In what areas of your life do you need encouragement?
How can you use your experiences to encourage others?

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2 comments on “Encouragement

  1. Roberta Parsons says:

    Hi! Actually I would like the type sizes of the two following Bibles and I only have email available to me at my senior center, Please Help (smile)!

    KJV – ISBN 978071809032 black, cost 12.99

    KJV – ISBN 9780718097585 blue, cost 12.99

    Thanks so much & God bless you!

    1. John.Andrade@harpercollins.com says:

      9780718097585 is a 9.2 type size. It looks like you are missing one number on the ISBN for the other KJV Bible. Can you comment back with that and I’ll find the type size.

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