A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! ~Proverbs 15:23~
A modern parable has been written about the tools of the enemy that I believe we can really learn from.
“Some time ago, an advertisement appeared in which someone was putting all his tools up for sale. On the day of public inspection, each one of his tools was marked with its selling price: Hatred, Envy, Jealousy, Doubt, Lying, Pride, and so on, were each on the block. Set apart, however, from all the rest of the pile, was a harmless-looking tool, well-worn, but priced very high — it was discouragement!
Someone asked, ‘why that one is priced so high?’ The seller replied, ‘Ah, that one is more useful to me than all the rest. With it I can pry open a man’s heart and enter, when I cannot get near him with any other tools. Once inside, I can lead him any way I choose. The tool is much worn because I use it on almost everyone, since few people know it belongs to me.’”
The enemy loves to sow discouragement — but we have a tool much more powerful — encouragement! We can speak a word into the lives of those who desperately need to hear it: to the college student adjusting to his new environment; to the missionary who may feel alone in the harvest field; to the disillusioned newlywed young couple; to the forgotten servants of God who labor in an obscure and difficult ministry; to the orphans and the widows; to all those who need to hear a word in due season!
We have the power in our lips to rekindle a discouraged soul. Let’s inspire one another with words of encouragement! It costs nothing, and reaps an eternal reward…(Hebrews 10:25)~ ”encourage one another daily, as you see the Day draw near. (ESV)
. . . "exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching (KJV)
DISARM DISCOURAGEMENT WITH ENCOURAGEMENT!!!!
( We all need encouragement and thank Mary Varghese for this thoughtful article)New World