Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Son of Encouragement

They sent Barnabas to Antioch. There he could see for himself that God had given grace, and this pleased him, and he urged them all to remain faithful to the Lord with heartfelt devotion; for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith. And a large number of people were won over to the Lord.

The apostles heard of numbers of Greeks joining the Church in Antioch and so sent Barnabus to investigate. He instantly recognised the grace of God at work and so encouraged the local church to continue.

Barnabas' encouragement and witness caused even greater numbers to join. He is described as a "good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith". What a tremendous way to be described anywhere, yet alone in Holy Scripture!

Encouragement is a wonderful thing. Encouragers are welcomed into any group. People like being around them. Oh that I may be an encourager to those I meet today.

Lord Jesus, today make me a "Son of Encouragement" like your servant Barnabas.
Saint Barnabas, please pray for me.

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