In my last post, I outlined my “new” purpose and vision for this blog. I have been intending to unpack my thoughts related to my new vision for this blog and figured it would best to do so in a multi-part series. Once again, my vision and purpose is to “Encourage Christian Living with an Eternal Outlook through Exhortation and Meditation on the Word of God.
Why “encourage”? Why is encouragement necessary and vital to the Christian life? Are there biblical examples from which we can draw?
So, why is encouragement necessary and vital to the Christian life? Let’s face the facts, we need it! We live in a sinful corrupt and evil world. Sin abounds on this earth and temptation is real. We live in a fallen world and are called to endure. It’s easier to conform to the world than to be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:1). It’s easier to love the world and the things of it (1 John 2:15-16) than to love righteousness and holiness as we are called to do (1 Peter 1:16).
So, what are some biblical examples of encouragement from which we can draw?
- In Deuteronomy 3:28, Moses was to give “charge to Joshua and encourage him and strengthen him” (emphasis mine).
- In 1 Samuel 23:16, David is fearing for his life and “Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David at Horesh, and encouraged him in God” (emphasis mine).
- In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Paul instructs the church he founded at Thessalonica to do the following,”encourage one another and build up one another” (emphasis mine).
- In Romans 15:4-5, Paul admonishes the Roman church to understand that “whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus” (emphasis mine).