Encouragement

May 4, 2020

Proverbs 11:25

25  Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.

This week we are looking at encouragement.

As I began to research the various topics to include in these devotions, some of them were no-brainers. You can’t build a life upon the teachings of Christ without practicing forgiveness. You can’t expect God to forgive your own sin if you are not willing to confess your sin to Him and to the people you have sinned against, so therefore confession is foundational to building a life on Christ. Without faith it is impossible to please God, so trust is essential to a believer’s life and is foundational to building a house upon the rock. Those three topics were fairly easy to see.

But what about encouragement? Is this a foundational truth? Sometimes we think of encouragement as being a nice addition to the life of a believer… icing on the cake for a child of God, something that would be nice to engage in but certainly not necessary to building a life upon the rock of Jesus Christ.

Perhaps generosity and giving would be the foundational truth, certainly love is foundational to following Jesus. Gaining knowledge and wisdom are necessary parts of our spiritual growth as are good deeds and compassionate care for other people. Maybe there are hundreds of foundations that must be included as we build a life upon the commandments of Jesus and the truths found in His word?

Maybe the command to encourage on one another covers them all? How do you encourage? Giving is encouragement… you can’t give without the desire to encourage. Love must be expressed in order to be genuine and if I love I will encourage the people I love. But in order to do all that I will have to know what the word of God teaches, I will have to apply it to my own live in order to be an example of a Christ follower. I will have to grow spiritually and exhibit my love with good deeds and compassion towards others and all these things fall under the category of encouragement.

And when you become an encourager and live a life of encouragement you not only bless the people around you but you are blessed you in the process.

Solomon presents this truth quite remarkably in Proverbs 11:25 when he says, “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched”

The Hebrew word translated “blessing” in the ESV and translated “liberal” in the KJV is the word “berakah.” This word means to verbally acknowledge God’s blessing as it relates to the people and events of the day with an encouraging prayer.

“Blessed is the Lord who created sunshine and allowed us to enjoy it today” would be an example of a berakah. “Bless the Lord of all wisdom and knowledge who has given you a sound mind and has allowed you to graduate with honors” is an example of a berakah. The berakah was intended to remind people of God’s love and care for us and to encourage us to live bold, courageous lives for God. The berakah focused on the good things of God as an encouragement to enjoy life to the fullest.

Solomon says the soul that delivers a blessing to others, will himself be encouraged.


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