Apostles and Prophets
The Ministry of Encouragment
“But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” (Heb. 3:13)
This verse indicates that we all need exhortation or encouragement daily. Does this mean that encouragement lasts only one day? Not necessarily, but we do need it daily. Most of us can remember the sting of criticism for days and weeks or even years after it is given. But encouragement does not seem to last as long as criticism does. Therefore we are encouraged to exhort one another daily.
The ministry of encouragement flows out of choice servants of God, who simply want our brothers and sisters in the body to know that the hand of God is on them for good. We desire that others should walk in the assurance that His promises will not fail.
Those who exercise this ministry of encouragement are spiritual giants. The fruit of their anointing points to others, and not to themselves. found behind the scenes rather than in the limelight. willing to take a back seat, so that others can find their purpose in life and full potential .
We also need to learn to encourage ourselves in the Lord, as did David. In the midst of a very difficult trial, “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” (I Samuel 30:6) David knew how to get a hold of God. At another time of difficulty in David’s life, Jonathan encouraged him by suggesting that David would be the next king. Jonathan was willing to give up his throne so that David could rise up and fulfill his God-given calling
The vast difference between encouragement and criticism cannot be measured. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” (Prov.18:21) Are you conscious of the negative or positive effects that you have on others by the power of your tongue? As a father to his children, or a wife to her husband, the words spoken can encourage or discourage the one spoken to. It is the same in the church or the work place. May God sanctify our hearts and tongues!