Being an Encourager
And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.
Many things in this world can drag our spirits down and weigh heavy on our hearts. Everyone needs encouragement in their lives to lift their spirits and direct their focus on the Lord. We may not have a special gift like singing or playing an instrument, but all of us can be an encourager to someone. There will be people that the Lord allows us to cross paths with that we can be an encouragement to. Barnabas, in this passage of scripture, was an encourager to Saul and the apostles when Jesus Christ changed Saul's life. Be like Barnabas and be an encourager. Don't spread lies or gossip around, but rather be the one to spread encouragement and truths from God's Word. His Book is filled with encouragement that can help us. If you see someone that needs encouragement, don't be afraid to take a little time out of your day to encourage them. Whether it be by a phone call, text, email, or in-person, strive to be an encourager of God's Word.
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