We often think about the need to help those who are afflicted. As people of action, many of us believe that easing the conditions that cause the affliction are our primary responsibility. In today’s reading from Corinthians, Paul reminds us that there is more that we should do.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all encouragement,
who encourages us in our every affliction,
so that we may be able to encourage
those who are in any affliction
with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.
For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us,
so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow.
If we are afflicted,
it is for your encouragement and salvation;
if we are encouraged,
it is for your encouragement,
which enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer.
Our hope for you is firm,
for we know that as you share in the sufferings,
you also share in the encouragement.
We are called to encourage each other. Encouragement is a gift that helps us to bear the difficulties of life, whether physical, psychological or spiritual. The worst thing that can befall us is hopelessness. As followers of Christ, we cannot allow our sisters and brothers to live without encouragement.
Encourage someone today.