Encouragement ~ to give support and confidence; to persuade and promote; to hearten and cheer; to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope; to spur on; to stimulate.
The sermon at Mass yesterday was about Faith and Encouragement. The priest was talking about how God, as our Father, encourages us just as a father here on earth encourages his children. He encourages us by pushing us along with His Love, and pushing us to a deeper Faith. And the priest in his sermon impressed the importance of encouraging others, he said when we encourage others to do what is right and good, that is the Holy Spirit speaking through us. (This part of his sermon reminded me of all the wonderful, uplifting, encouraging blogs I read each day!)
And he said that if we have a major decision to make and we pray upon it and then we feel inspired to take a leap of Faith, it is with God’s Encouragement and God’s Inspiration that we are doing so. (This made me think specifically of Teresa at Do The Write Thing who is in the midst of decision-making right now).
I loved when I read that Jesus called God ‘Abba’, for I learned that ‘Abba’ is more than just the title of Father, Abba is a term of endearment, much like ‘Papa’. Abba is more informal and familiar than ‘Father’, Abba is more like ‘Dad’ or ‘Daddy’. Jesus preached that God wants us to endear ourselves to Him (Luke 18:16, one of my favorite Bible verses), and Jesus encourages us to have a familiar relationship with God. I love thinking about God as Papa giving us His Support and having Confidence in us. I love the idea of God Encouraging us and Cheering us on! He’s Rooting for us! It doesn’t get any better than that, does it?
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