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July 28, 2013


Satan arrived at the assembly of the sons of God from going to and fro upon the earth. (Job 1:7)  Peter tells us that he walks around seeking someone to devour. (I Peter 5:8)  In contrast, Peter, in the house of Cornelius, described Jesus as One “who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil.” (Acts 10:38)

A lot of that good Jesus did was, indeed, a bit lower keyed than we might think.  Miracles He did perform, but He also simply encouraged.  Maybe “simply” misses the point, though, because many folks need just that little bit of heartening to get them past a rough spot.

So often from Jesus’ lips came the word that means in our language, Courage! ( although the KJV translates it, “Be of good cheer.”)  “Courage!” He admonished the paralytic lying on a bed, “Your sins are forgiven you.” (Mt. 9:2)  To the trembling woman healed of a twelve-year-long hemorrhage it was, “Courage, daughter, your faith has made you well.” (Mt. 9:22)  To twelve terrified disciples on stormy Lake Galilee it was, “Courage!  It is I; do not be afraid.” (Mt. 14:27)  And in Jerusalem to Paul in a setting that suggested nothing but despair, the Risen Christ’s word came to lift his resolve:  “Courage, Paul!”  You will also testify to Me at Rome. (Acts 23:11)

Even though you can’t give sight to a blind man, or hearing to the deaf; even though you can’t walk on water; and you can’t stop a tornado in its tracks with a well-seasoned phrase; even though you can’t feed a crowd with a sack-lunch; and you can’t heal a paralyzed friend or cure a cancer patient; all that doesn’t mean you can’t be like Jesus.

Jesus went about encouraging people.  If you can speak a word to lift somebody’s spirits, if you can quiet a little girl’s crying when she’s frightened, if you can share grief and hold the hand of the broken-hearted, you will be walking in His footsteps, and you will be speaking with His accent.

Larry A. Shelley

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One Comment
  1. It is such a blessing to be able to encourage people. Thank you for sharing this

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