DAY 21: SPIRITUAL GIFTS: ENCOURAGEMENT
Kenneth Ulmer – Senior Pastor of Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, Calif
Encouragement is God calling upon us to do for others what He does for us. As Jesus was with us, and then God sent the Holy Spirit to be with us, so we are to be with one another. We are to walk alongside one another through life’s ups and downs, which requires a willingness. This act is a large part of the ministry of encouragement
This gift of exhortation is characterized by consistency in relationships. God told us, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5, NKJV), and we are to model Him in all our relationships. Consistency doesn’t mean we always have the answers or solutions for someone else, but that our presence with them is consistently an encouragement and comfort.
Encouragement is not complicated, but it is a great challenge, and God is calling each one of us to encourage one another.
• Pray for the eyes to see those around us who could use encouragement.
• Pray for the grace to walk alongside others, and be present with them and whatever they are going through.
• Pray that we would be open to receiving encouragement from others.