Being An Encourager

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)

Rivera came in to my life as a Sunday school teacher when I was in junior high, but she stayed a part of my life after I moved away. We kept in contact for a while, but eventually the relationship grew cold. Now as an adult, I sat in my living room with her letter. She had found me again and wanted to reconnect. She didn’t know all the horrible things I had done or what I was currently doing, she only knew that I needed godly encouragement.
She pointed me to the love of Jesus, his forgiveness, redemption, and mercy. She was transparent about her own struggles and her honesty spoke volumes to me. Rivera chose to love me as a sister in Christ despite my faults. I’m forever grateful for the impact she’s had on my life.
Everyone needs an encourager to come along side and help them through their struggles. I’m reminded of Barnabus in Acts 15:37-39. He was John Mark’s encourager, standing beside him despite his failures. John Mark later went on to serve with Paul and is believed to be the author of the Gospel of Mark. His impact on Christianity transcends generations. Things could have turned out much differently if Barnabus hadn’t given John Mark another chance.
There are many struggling Christians waiting for someone to lend a helping hand; I want to be ready to come beside and gently point them to the hope of Jesus, just like Rivera did for me. Anyone can be a Barnabus; it just takes a willing heart.

Jesus; open my eyes to the hurts of my fellow Christians and give me opportunities to serve them with your gentle truth. Teach me how to be an encourager like Barnabus. Amen.

By Rebecca, Arizona