An Unlimited Gift

Encourage the timid, help the weak.
           —1 Thessalonians 5:14

In Romans 12, Paul wrote, “We have different gifts.”

Then he named some of them: serving, teaching, leading, giving, and encouraging. Most of those gifts are limited. One is unlimited.

Teaching is a wonderful gift, but not everyone can do it—and even those who can don’t have the opportunity to do it every day. Giving is a beautiful gift, but the chance to give in a way that you’re capable of responding to doesn’t come every day.

But the gift of encouragement has no limitation. It’s a gift that you have, along with opportunities to exercise it every day—an unlimited gift. And it’s every bit as much a ministry as teaching or giving.

Someone in your circle of acquaintances is running on fumes. Their tank is almost empty. Fill it with encouragement.

You can never give a word of encouragement too soon,
for you never know when it will be too late.

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