1 Thessalonians 5:11: Wherefore, comfort (encourage) yourselves together, and edify (build up) one another, even as also ye do.
Meditation: Barnabas, known as “son of consolation” or “son of encouragement” was at the side of Saul as he went to Jerusalem. Because of what the disciples had heard of Saul and not believing that he had been converted, they were afraid of him but Barnabas was there to reassure that Saul (Paul) indeed had seen the Lord on the Damascus road and had been called by the Lord to do His work. There are times I’m sure that we could’ve used a friend like Barnabas, one who would stand by us when others doubted our integrity and questioned our motives. Barnabas, the encourager! How about you? Are you an encourager? Can you think of someone right now that may feel deserted and alone? Step out of your comfort zone and be a Barnabas!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to be an encourager, not a discourager! Help each of us to step out and step up to the plate to provide encouragement to those in need. Amen.