Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Being an Encouragement

As a part of the mentoring process, we must be willing to be an encouragement to others.

Acts 9:27-28 says "But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord."

The name Barnabas was a nickname meaning “son of encouragement.” Did he live up to that name? I would say yes because he stood up in defense of the young man, John Mark. He also persuaded the Jerusalem disciples to receive Paul (9:27).

Ananias was the first to welcome him into the church fellowship (Acts 9:17), but the Christians in Jerusalem were still too frightened to associate with him because of his past reputation. Barnabas was responsible for introducing Saul into the core group of church leaders (Acts 9:27–28).

If you felt like you were all alone in a situation, would you not want someone to stand up for you? When someone does, it is a great encouragement. Can you be an encouragement to someone today?


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