Believers in Christ are commanded to encourage one another daily– especially as we see the day approaching. So it seemed good to learn what that really means, and I thought I’d bring you along on my journey!
Websters 1828 definition: To give courage to; to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope; to raise, or to increase, the confidence of; to animate; enhearten; to incite; to help forward; — the opposite of discourage.
David encouraged himself in the Lord. 1 Sam. xxx. 6.
Syn. — To embolden; inspirit; animate; enhearten; hearten; incite; cheer; urge; impel; stimulate; instigate; countenance; comfort; promote; advance; forward; strengthen.
First use is in Joshua; Duet 1:38
Meaning ,(strongs H2388) חָזַק châzaq, khaw-zak’; a primitive root; to fasten upon; hence, to seize, be strong (figuratively, courageous, causatively strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer:—aid, amend, × calker, catch, cleave, confirm, be constant, constrain, continue, be of good (take) courage(-ous, -ly), encourage (self), be established, fasten, force, fortify, make hard, harden, help, (lay) hold (fast), lean, maintain, play the man, mend, become (wax) mighty, prevail, be recovered, repair, retain, seize, be (wax) sore, stre withstandngt (self), be stout, be (make, shew, wax) strong(-er), be sure, take (hold), be urgent, behave self valiantly.
|KJV Translation Count — Total: 290x
The KJV translates Strongs H2388 in the following manner: strong (48x), repair (47x),hold (37x), strengthened (28x), strengthen (14x), harden (13x), prevail (10x), encourage (9x),take (9x), courage (8x), caught (5x), stronger (5x), hold (5x), misc (52x).
PERSONAL APPLICATION I see this strongly in my children. They are called and actively doing things my heart longed to do, yet I do not feel I pushed them into things, only exposed them. Admittedly, I have done a better job of encouraging some than others. I’m afraid that I at time I may have encourage some to follow their abilities and God- given desires without first equipping them with a sense of calling and His Lordship, of sacrifice and service. Or maybe this is a stage along the way. A firm foundation for many was a richness of God’s Word abounding in our home along with stories of those who are following Chirst and those who are living and dying for Him by His grace. Having missionaries and other believers who are striving to serve the Lord in various ways and equip the children to listen and ask questions provided rich soil.