DAY 17: An Invitation to Encourage

Read: Acts 12:24-13:15

Think: The Greek definition of encourage is “Paraklēseōs” which means to urge, comfort, console, exhort, or appeal. The word, “Paraclete,” means advocate or helper. In Christianity, the term “Paraclete" most commonly refers to the Holy Spirit. In Acts 13:15, Paul and Barnabas were asked, “Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, come and give it.”

Act: Encouragement comforts the soul. Encouragement lifts the spirit. Encouragement consoles the troubled, and beleaguered. Encouragement brings help to the hurting. People—all people—are hungry for encouragement. It is a gift to give! God’s Holy Spirit works through us to encourage others. Today, be generous with words of encouragement toward those you know and love, even to those you meet for the first time.

Pray: Dear Holy Spirit, give me words of encouragement for others today. Show me who needs to be consoled, who needs to be comforted, who needs to be exhorted. Give me words of hope, inspiration, and consolation for them. Speak words of encouragement through me today to family, friends, and co-workers. Use me to encourage…  Help me, Lord. Amen.

Be full of faith today!