Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. (Pro 12:25 NIV)
A cheerful heart is good medicine . . . (Pro 17:22a NIV)
We all experience days when we feel a little down or maybe worried or stressed out. On days like those, we all appreciate a cheerful word or a phone call from a friend. We all need encouragement, and we need other believers to come alongside of us occasionally to strengthen us.
We need a fellow believer to encourage our faith, to remind us of God’s goodness and glorious attributes, and to let us know that we are loved by God. Only another person who follows Jesus, and has experienced life’s challenges and victories is able to help us in this way. I encourage us all to cultivate friends who are fellow believers and who have been serving the Lord longer than we, ourselves, have.
Jesus taught us to love one another, and to be kind to one another. He gave us His own example of how to live like this.
Offering hope, support, and cheer to one another is a wonderful and practical way to spread God’s love in this stress-laden world. It’s important to encourage yourself first, in the Word of God. Another way to encourage yourself in the Lord is to remember all of the answered prayers you have experienced, and to remember all of the miracles that God has performed in the past in answer to your prayers. Rejoice! Thank and praise the Lord for these past testimonies and victories. Once you have done these things, you will have the strength to minister to others.
But take heart! I have overcome the world. (Joh 16:33 NIV)
The Good News is still true. The Lord is always reliable, and we can depend upon His Word and His matchless love. He has overcome!
So take a little time every day to share joy and cheer with everyone around you—with your family, friends, and co-workers. Hallelujah!