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Today, we are continuing our study of the spiritual gifts, the theme of this series is “Gifts of The Holy Spirit.”

It is important to remember that a positive response on our part as believers to the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential if we are to truly be God’s people. 

Today we are discussing The Gift of Encouraging.


Romans 12:8 (ESV)

8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Scripture Reading

2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (ESV)

God of All Comfort

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 

4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 

5 For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 

6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. 

7 Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.


The word comfort is used  nine times in our scripture reading to describe the ministry of encouraging.

Encouragement is a gift from God that we are to pass onto others.

  1. What is the definition of the Gift of Encouragement?.
  1. A Key thought of encouraging is comfort.

The user of this gift excludes all selfish motives and concentrates on helloing others.

This gift of the Holy Spirit provides believers with the same gift that Jesus and the Holy Spirit possess.

In John 14:16 (ESV) Jesus spoke of Himself and there Holy Spirit as being comforters.

16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 

In our text, Paul some of the gift as enabling believers to have that same ability.

In 1 John 2:1 (ESV), Jesus is described as Our Advocate

2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 

In Romans 12:8 (ESV), believers are described in the same way.

8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

B. Another concept expressed in encouragement is counselling.  

Christians counsel others by urging or warning or reproving.

They also counsel by speaking words of encouragement and support.

In addition, Christians may counsel by giving a message or recommendation.

The idea of counselling is to build up, or edify.

2. Who is a New Testament character who illustrates the gift?

The character is Barnabas, known as :the son of consolation.”

  1. Barnabas is seen helping Paul in three different ways.
  1. He endorsed and welcomed an unwelcome convert (Acts 9:23-29)

Few things are needed more in this world than to simply know that someone cares.

Everyone needs a friend, someone who encourages.

2. He enlisted Paul as a teacher (Acts 22-26)

Many people are wanting in the corridors of service to be enlisted.

The Holy Spirit endows God’s people to find and use these workers.

3. He developed Paul as a gifted assistant into one who became his superior (Acts 13:50)

This is an illustration of someone having this gift to project his feelings away from self to the feelings of others.

B. Barnabas is seen accepting alien believers who were not welcomed by others. (Acts 11:22-26)

When Barnabas saw what the Lord was doing among others, he rejoiced.

In this passage, he is referred to as a kind person full of the Spirit and strong in the faith.

C. Barnabas is seen restoring a youthful dissenter (Acts 15:37)

This action conceivably saved a man in the Lord’s work.

Through the gift of the Spirit, Barnabas saw the potential in Mark, and through the use of the same gift, he was able to help Mark.

3. What are some of the general characteristics of the gift?

  1. The gift is one of continuous action.

The use of this gift is a day by day, week by week activity, not a once and for all action.

B. The use of this gift has an urgency about it.

Each person with this gift should take it seriously. 

It is not to be taken lightly.

There is too much hurt on the part of people and too much desire to help on  God’s part to delay using this gift.


People desperately need help, encouragement, and consolation.

You, as a Christian, have the gift to provide these things.

Use it!

Until next time

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