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  • Writer's picturePastor Sean

The Power of Encouragement: A Spiritual Perspective

Encouragement is a vital aspect of life because it helps to build confidence, overcome obstacles and achieve success. It is a powerful tool that can help to lift someone's spirits and motivate them to keep going, even when things seem difficult or impossible.

One scripture that highlights the importance of encouragement is Hebrews 10:24-25 which states "Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." This verse emphasizes the importance of encouraging one another in our daily lives and in our faith communities. It reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles and that we need to support each other in order to achieve our goals.


Encouragement is also vital in personal development and growth. With encouragement, we can take risks, overcome our fears and push ourselves to become better versions of ourselves. It gives us the strength and courage to keep going, even when things get tough.

And then there is Proverbs 27:17 which states "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. There is a widely held belief in history that ancient warriors would sharpen each other's weapons to maintain the sharpness of their swords to ensure they were ready for battle. The process involved taking two blades and running them against each other in a smooth, steady motion.

This would remove any dull or jagged edges, making the blades sharper and better suited for cutting. The practice of sword sharpening was not just a routine maintenance task, but also an opportunity for warriors to test the quality of each other's weapons and to forge a bond with their fellow soldiers. The act of sharpening each other's swords was a symbol of mutual respect, trust, and support. It was a way for the warriors to show their readiness to support each other in battle and to demonstrate their commitment to their common goal.

The author of this Proverb is a reminder that just like iron needs to be sharpened to be useful, we also need the encouragement of others to become the best versions of ourselves. Encouragement is not only important for our well-being, but it also plays an essential role in our personal growth and development. I want to remind you that if you or someone you know is in need of encouragement, consider being a part of a body of believers, a Christian support group, or seek out Godly counsel. You are worth being encouraged.


As a pastor, I would like to offer a spiritual perspective on one of my favorite quotes by Abraham Lincoln who said, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." This quote emphasizes the importance of preparation and making sure you have the right tools in hand before starting a task. This means taking time to study God's word, pray, and seek guidance and wisdom from the Holy Spirit. By doing so, we can be confident that we have the right tools in hand to tackle any challenges or obstacles that come our way.

In our personal development and growth, it is important to remember that we cannot do it alone. We must rely on the guidance and strength of the Holy Spirit to equip us and empower us to be successful. The Bible reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles and that we have a loving and caring God who is always with us. Just as the quote encourages us to take the time to prepare and equip ourselves, we are also called to seek the encouragement and support of others in our spiritual community.

Let us, then, take the time to sharpen ourselves and equip ourselves with the resources we need to be successful in our walk with God. Let us seek the encouragement and support of others in our spiritual community, and trust in the guidance and strength of the Holy Spirit to help us along the way.


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