Also called: Exhortation
Giving someone confidence or boldness to do something.

Top Bible Verses about Encouragement

2 Kings 6:15–17

The attendant of the man of God arose early and went out, and look, the army was surrounding the city with horses and chariots. His servant said to him, “Oh no, my master! What shall we do?” And he said, “Don’t be afraid, for more are with us than are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Yahweh, please open his eyes that he may see,” and Yahweh opened the eyes of the servant, and he saw, and look, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. Read 2 Kings 6:15–17
Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans that I am planning concerning you,’ declares Yahweh, ‘plans for prosperity and not for harm, to give to you a future and a hope. Read Jeremiah 29:11

Acts 4:36–37

So Joseph, who was called Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated “son of encouragement”), a Levite of Cyprus by nationality, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and placed it at the feet of the apostles. Read Acts 4:36–37
Acts 18:9

Acts 18:9–10

And the Lord said to Paul by a vision in the night, “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not keep silent, because I am with you and no one will attack you to harm you, because many people are mine in this city.” Read Acts 18:9–10
Hebrews 10:25

Hebrews 10:23–25

Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for the one who promised is faithful. And let us think about how to stir one another up to love and good works, not abandoning our meeting together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging each other, and by so much more as you see the day drawing near. Read Hebrews 10:23–25

Famous Christian Quotes About Encouragement, Exhortation

Do Not Be Discouraged at Temptation

If Satan fume and roar against you, whether it be against your bodies by persecution, or inward in your conscience by a spiritual battle, do not be discouraged, as though you were less acceptable in God’s presence, or that Satan might at any time prevail against you. No! Your temptations and storms that arise so suddenly argue and witness that the seed that is sown has fallen on good ground, has begun to take root, and shall, by God’s grace, bring forth fruit abundantly in due season and convenient time. That is what Satan fears; and therefore thus he rages (and shall rage) against you, thinking that if he can repulse you now suddenly in the beginning, that then you will be at all times an easy prey, never able to resist his assaults. But as my hope is good, so shall my prayer be, that you may be so strengthened, that the world and Satan himself may understand and perceive, that God fights your battle.

John Knox

Focus on Jesus, and Shake Off All Terrors

Whenever you are occupied in the matter of your salvation, setting aside all curious speculations of God’s unsearchable majesty, all cogitations of works, of traditions, of philosophy, indeed and of God’s law too, run straight to the manger, and embrace this infant, and the Virgin’s little babe in your arms, and behold him as he was born, sucking, growing up, conversant among men, teaching, dying, rising again, ascending up above all the heavens, and having power above all things. By this means you will be able to shake off all terrors and errors, like as the sun drives away the clouds.

Martin Luther

Christ Comes and Leaves for Our Good

Those that have had a sweet communion with God, when they have lost it, do count every day ten thousand till they have recovered it again; and when Christ leaves his spouse, he forsakes her not altogether, but leaves something on the heart that makes her to long after him. He absents himself that he may enlarge the desires of the soul, and after the soul has him again, it will not let him go. He comes for our good, and leaves us for our good. We should therefore judge rightly of our estates, and not think we are forsaken of God when we are in a desertion.

Richard Sibbes
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