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The Motivational Gift of Encouragement

August 27, 2016

Romans 12: 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

The gift of encouragement is not often expressed in importance as it should be. Someone to cause you to be strengthened, to be built up, to be refreshed, an encourager always speaks words to build you up. Like all the other spiritual gifts, it is spiritual not natural. The encourager is given inspiration to speak words to you that offer support, that show God cares and that deposits faith. Often, scriptures will come to the encourager that will be exactly what you needed to hear – the words are as if from God Himself directly to comfort you.

Barnabas was a teacher of the Word of God, a missionary but especially an encourager. His very name means ‘son of consolation” or encourager. In Acts 11:

25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul. 26 When he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a considerable crowd. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

The Apostle Paul have up everything he had known or accomplished once he became a Christian. He had been an influential, educated zealous Pharisee. Once Christ appeared to him, his life was transformed. He could not keep silent. He started preaching and teaching Jesus Christ as Messiah and LORD. He was beaten, stoned, abused, thrown in prison etc. Paul could not stop sharing the good news of salvation to the Jews and he almost died because of it.

The same measure of respect and admiration the Jews once had for him was now turned to a hatred of him that wanted to kill him. Paul had to leave Jerusalem because of it. Barnabus. remembered Saul. He remembered the prophecy that Saul was to minister to the Gentiles. He specifically went to Tarsus to find Saul to get him involved in preaching and teaching Christ. No one else is mentioned. Thank God for Barnabus.. He encouraged Paul and because of his reaching out to Paul, we had the preaching of the gospel to the Gentiles. Had no one gone to recruit Paul, its possible, God could have used someone else or perhaps, regions of the earth and people groups would not be reached.

Paul and Barnabas preached Christ to most of Europe together. They were companions, friends, ministers together. Barnabas also shows mercy towards John Mark after he abandoned his ministry because of hardship. Barnabas forgave and would have given him a new chance. This reveals his mercy and good nature once more.

An encourager receives specific words and direction from God to build up and strengthen Christians. Sometimes they also use this gift in evangelism. To use your gift, pray over yourself asking God to give you words to speak and scriptures to sow into people`s lives. Your own testimonies of how God has delivered you can be used to bring encouragement to others.

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The Gift of Teaching (Motivational Gift)

August 13, 2016

Romans 12: (NIV — Bible Gateway)