Be an Encourager

Joseph was one of the followers who had sold a piece of property and brought the money to the apostles. He was a Levite from Cyprus, and the apostles called him Barnabas, which means “one who encourages others.”

(Acts 4:36-37 CEV)

We all need encouragement. Words of encouragement can lift us up and help us to press on. In the early church, a man named Joseph the Levite knew the power of encouragement, which deservingly earned him the name Barnabas meaning, “Son of encouragement.” When the apostles didn’t believe that Paul had truly changed, Barnabas helped to convince them (Acts 9:26-28). And when he was sent to check on the progress of the new church in Antioch, Barnabas was glad and encouraged them, then he went to Tarsus to look for Paul (who seems to have been left there), and brought him along to Antioch (Acts 11:23, 25). Finally, when Paul didn’t trust taking Mark with them on their next trip because he had previously abandoned them, Barnabas was willing to give him a second chance (Acts 15:36-39). Be a Barnabas. Be an encourager.

Be an encouraging person.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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