As we mature, we are not as likely to take offers of help or even gifts as easily as we did when we were children.   When it comes to encouragement, we need to find a balance of taking ad receiving.

“Take Courage”

Matt. 9:2-8

Receive the boldness and the building up you need to face your challenges.  This is an invitation to build the spiritual heart.  In this example, Jesus deals with the spiritual first and then the physical.

Matt. 9:20-22

Jesus says for this woman has a blessing for her heart.  God wants us to take the blessings he offers us for our spiritual lives without hesitation.    Jesus calls us to come to him for the blessings he has to offer.  He wants a response from us. 

Matt. 14:22-27, Mark 10:46-52

John 16:33

Jesus has overcome the world of sin and death.  Because of this, Christians should be courageous.

Acts 23:11

The apostle has gone through a major trial.  The Lord tells Paul to take courage.

Paul’s Example

Acts 28:15

Other people came to Paul to encourage him.  Paul knew they were from God and he was encouraged.

2 Cor. 6:11-13, 2 Cor. 7:2-16

Paul was built up by the actions of this church.

1 Thess. 3:6-8, Philemon 1:7

Paul was encouraged by the report of faith of this church.  Paul was willing to receive comfort and encouragement from others to help him withstand the trials he experienced.

Receiving Exhortation and Comfort

Heb. 13:22, 2 Cor. 13:11

The message is to be open to receiving the encouragement offered. 

—Robert Lee, 1-29-06, p.m. 

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