Discouragement often hits when disappointing events pile up. Eventually our strength and courage become completely drained. It’s an intense feeling of losing heart. Encouragement, on the other hand, is the ability to speak strength and courage into someone’s life. It’s replenishing that “courage supply” to face the challenges in life. Isn’t it amazing how quickly these words change meaning due to two small pre-fixes attached to the word “courage”? “Dis” or “En.” One takes courage away. One puts it in.
The Bible talks a lot about courage and encouragement. As believers, we are called to encourage one another in our faith journeys. That’s why taking part in the body of believers through worship, Bible study, and ministering to others is so important. So what about you? Are you an encourager or a discourager? When you look at your life, is it characterized by pouring courage into the lives of others or taking it away? Ask God to help you become an encourager to others.