Imagine being nicknamed a son or daughter of encouragement. That would be a great name to have! In the Bible we learn about Barnabas in the book of Acts, who sold his field and brought the money to the disciples. This money was used for the gospel. Before his act of generosity is mentioned, the author of Acts makes sure to reveal his nickname: Barnabas – son of encouragement.
To me, this means that he was someone who would encourage those around him, so much so, that he earned a nickname because of it. When reading this verse it speaks to me of the importance of encouraging those around us. There is so much negativity in our world today that if we don’t encourage each other we can become overwhelmed with fear, discouragement, hopelessness, discontentment and even depression.
So today, I implore you, next time when you are speaking to someone, encourage them.
. Encourage somebody with what the Word of God says about their situation.