I guess you can say I learned the hard way not to seek comfort and encouragement from mortal flesh. There are a number of reasons why, that I won’t get into here. Jesus taught me instead, to go straight to Him. Nevertheless, the Bible is clear that we in the body of Christ should comfort and encourage one another, as brothers and sisters in the family of God. This is not easy to do. We should at least try. I’ve personally found that suffering and dealing with discouragement has made it a lot easier for me to want to try to be encouraging to other hurting brethren.
Once, a very wise and loving friend told me, “I do not know how to help you, but I know the One who can.” That was a very encouraging thing to say. And she is right. She did not condemn or rebuke me for my sorrow and grief, and lack of spirituality, but loved me selflessly, pointing me to Jesus, our loving, caring Redeemer and Friend. She lovingly offered encouragement, to the best of her ability.
I don’t offer encouragement here because I have it together, but because I don’t. I desire to pass on to you, things the Lord has given me that have encouraged me immensely. I hope to share this encouragement with you. So here is a message, below, that is most helpful.
This talk was given to college students, but the lesson is for all of us. The speaker uses a hymn I had never heard before as the basis for his point. It must be old, but it is full of encouraging truth. My brother or sister, I hope this helps and blesses you.
Therefore, encourage one another…1Thes.5:11.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Rom.15:13.
Audio: More than enough hope.
MY HOPE IS IN THE LORD by: Norman Clayton
My hope is in the Lord Who gave Himself for me,
And paid the price of all my sin at Calvary.
No merit of my own His anger to suppress,
My only hope is found in Jesus’ righteousness.
For me He died, For me He lives,
And everlasting life and light He freely gives.
And now for me He stands Before the Father’s throne,
He shows His wounded hands, and names me as His own.
His grace has planned it all, Tis mine but to believe,
And recognize His work of love and Christ receive.