Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Barclay: the duty of encouragement

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
    Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
    —Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)
    One of the highest of human duties is the duty of encouragement... It is easy to laugh at men’s ideals; it is easy to pour cold water on their enthusiasm; it is easy to discourage others. The world is full of discouragers. We have a Christian duty to encourage one another. Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet. Blessed is the man who speaks such a word.
    ... William Barclay (1907-1978), The Letter to the Hebrews, Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1955, p. 137-38 (see the book)
    See also Heb.10:25; Job 4:4; Rom. 12:7-8; 14:19; 15:2; 1 Cor. 14:3; Eph. 4:29; 1 Thess. 4:18; 5:11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me words of encouragement to give to others.
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