8416 encouragement, promises of God’s

8416 encouragement, promises of God’s

God promises continual support for his people, particularly when they become weary, depressed or disillusioned.

God’s encouragement affirmed

Ps 10:17-18 See also 1Ch 29:12; Ps 89:20-21; Isa 41:10; Isa 49:13; Jer 29:11; Zec 1:17; Ac 20:32; 1Pe 5:10

Means by which God encourages believers

Meditation on his law and word Jos 1:8-9; Ro 15:4 See also Ps 1:1-3; Heb 12:5

Experience of the Holy Spirit Jn 14:16-17 The word used for Spirit here means “Counsellor” or “one who encourages or comforts”. See also Ac 9:31; Ro 8:18-27; Php 2:1

Experience of God’s encouragement

2Co 4:16-18 See also 1Sa 30:6; Ps 86:17; Isa 52:9; Da 10:18-19; Ac 9:31; Ac 23:11; 2Co 1:3-4; 2Ti 4:17; Heb 6:18; Heb 12:5; 1Pe 1:3

God’s encouragement experienced through the words and actions of others Jdg 7:11 Gideon and the dream of the Midianite soldier; 2Ch 15:8; Ezr 6:22 the returned exiles helped by the king of Assyria; Ac 28:15; 2Co 7:4,13

Commands to be encouraged

1Co 16:13 See also Dt 31:6-8; Jos 1:6-8,18; Jos 10:25; 1Ch 22:13; 1Ch 28:20; 2Ch 19:11; 2Ch 32:7 King Hezekiah; Ezr 10:4; Ps 27:14; Isa 54:2 growth of the nation of Israel after the exile; Mt 14:27 pp Mk 6:50 Paul to his shipmates: Ac 27:22,25,36

Effects of being encouraged

Isa 40:30-31 See also Ps 25:3; Ro 15:5; 1Co 14:3; 2Co 3:12; Php 2:1-2; Col 2:2; 1Th 2:11-12

Prayers for encouragement

2Th 2:16-17 See also Ne 6:9; Ps 119:28; Isa 38:14; Ro 15:5-6; Col 1:10-12

See also

1449signs, purposes
5691friends, good
8144renewal
8413edification
8602prayer
9610hope

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