Who does not like to receive an encouraging word? Who does not appreciate a kind, timely word spoken into your life when you needed it most? Who does not love to have the knowledge that someone will stand by your side and help you, even in your darkest hour? Encouragement is so valuable. The Proverbs speak to the value of these words to our souls.
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. (Proverbs 12:25 ESV)
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. (Proverbs 16:24 ESV)
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. (Proverbs 25:11 ESV)
In the early days of the fledgling church in Jerusalem, there was a man who was such an encouragement to the body of Christ that they did not call him by the name given by his parents. They simply called him, “son of encouragement.” We know that name as Barnabas.
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