Cross the Bridge - September 9, 2014

The Secret to Encouragement - Tuesday, September 9th 2014

Galatians 2:1

"Then fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem again, this time with Barnabas; and Titus came along, too."

In the beginning of Paul's journey, he had a special assistant in the Lord's work. This man was important to Paul for many reasons, but I believe the most important reason is found in the name of this godly helper. His name was Barnabas and his name means "son of encouragement". As Paul faced long roads, strange places and hostile people, Barnabas was there to encourage him. Even today, you may find yourself saying, "Pastor, I need encouragement." To that I would ask, "Are you always seeking out encouragement for yourself or are you giving more and more encouragement to others?"

That is the secret to encouragement. If you want to be encouraged then be encouraging! If you are always needing encouragement, something is out of balance. By encouraging others, you become more aware of what is going on around you rather than to you. When you learn to encourage others, you will learn how to encourage yourself.

Try it today. Find someone and encourage them. You'll find that there is great joy in being a Barnabas for someone else.

Life Lesson: We should seek to encourage others more.

Dear God,
Thank You for the encouragement I can find in Your Word. I pray that You would help me to be an encourager to someone today. Help me show the love of God by passing along a joyful heart. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge

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This devotion was taken from David's teaching, "Freedom in Forgiveness: The Grace Race; the Race to Forgiveness" - Listen | Order CD | Order DVD

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