7 Tips for Becoming a Better Encourager

Author:
Lindsey Carlson
Date:
July 6, 2022
Type:

We all know how it feels to be discouraged, and yet we often feel ill-equipped to support others through such experiences. Lindsey Carlson reminds us that the letters of St Paul, the Apostle, can guide us in such ministry.

"Discouragement is a key strategy utilized by the enemy to distract, dishearten, and defeat followers of Jesus from trusting the promises of God. When we are weary, pressed down, and crushed by burdens on every side, discouragement lies and tells Christians there’s no hope. But we are not intended to give way to a spirit of fear or to give up the battle. We are not a hopeless people. 

When discouragement looms large, we usually do not need to be set straight, given “how-to” advice, or offered the assurance that our circumstances will turn around at any moment. When we are discouraged and the demands feel like too much to shoulder, we need encouragement."

https://www.crossway.org/articles/7-tips-for-becoming-a-better-encourager/

Image:  pexels-marcus-aurelius-6787787.jpg

Recent Posts

August 8, 2022
Questioning Christianity

Do you, or people you know, have questions about Christianity? Do you find it hard to ask questions? You are not alone. This seven part podcast series is designed to help. The episodes discuss" Faith and Proof", "Meaning", "Satisfaction", "Identity", "Morality", "Justice" and "Hopefulness". "Questioning Christianity with Tim Keller — for people who are interested […]

Read More
August 4, 2022
Pandemic Fatigue

In this lively 30 minute podcast from the Centre for Public Christianity, the presenters discuss with psychologist Dr Valerie Ling ways in which we can look after ourselves and others, when feeling jaded and low in spirit. "Feeling a bit blah mid-way through 2022… still?  In 2021, organisational psychologist Adam Grant named that pandemic feeling. […]

Read More
August 1, 2022
Prayers for Workers: When You’re Feeling Burned Out

We have probably all experienced burnout or know of others who have struggled with such feelings, particularly in the last couple of years and the COVID pandemic. Mark Roberts looks to Psalm 18 to help form prayers for ourselves and others in this situation. "We all face times in our lives, including our work lives, […]

Read More

Categories