The gift of encouragement is the ability to inspire, admonish, hearten and support others so that they are strengthened in resolve, faith and spirit.
Ruth, Paul, Barnabas, Andrew
People with this gift can
- Strengthen and reassure those who are discouraged.
- Comfort – or confront – others to trust in God.
- Urge others to action using Biblical examples.
- Motivate others to mature in their faith.
- Practice what they preach.
- May take on too many responsibilities and suffer personal and spiritual burn-out.
- May lack necessary wisdom, firmness and directness to deal with root problems.
- May coddle instead of correct a problem.
- May simply be superficially cheery and lack the true strength of this gift.
Tips for nurturing this gift
- Be especially familiar with Biblical stories of faith: Job, the Psalms, etc.
- Train as a counsellor or pastoral visitor.
- Be sure to have your own personal support network.
Pastoral visiting, hospital visiting, working with seniors, the disabled, …
Not to be confused with the responsibility of all Christians to …
Love one another.
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