1 Thessalonians 5:11 CSB – Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…
Hebrews 3:13 CSB – encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception.
Proverbs 25:11 CSB – A word spoken at the right time
is like gold apples in silver settings.
Paul Encourages the Corinthians
2 Corinthians 7:4 CSB – I am very frank with you; I have great pride in you. I am filled with encouragement; I am overflowing with joy in all our afflictions.
2 Corinthians 7:8 CSB – For though I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it;
Proverbs 27:5-6 CSB – Better an open reprimand than concealed love.
6 The wounds of a friend are trustworthy,
but the kisses of an enemy are excessive.
Proverbs 29:5 CSB – A person who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
2 Timothy 4:2-3 CSB – Preach the word… correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and teaching.
3 For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear.
- Consistent character encourages
2 Corinthians 7:2 CSB – We have wronged no one, corrupted no one, taken advantage of no one.
- Personal sacrifice encourages
2 Corinthians 7:3,5 CSB – I don’t say this to condemn you, since I have already said that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together…In fact, when we came into Macedonia, we had no rest.
- Affirming words encourage
2 Corinthians 7:4 CSB – I have great pride in you. I am filled with encouragement; I am overflowing with joy in all our afflictions.
Titus Encourages Paul
2 Corinthians 7:5 CSB – when we came into Macedonia, we had no rest. Instead, we were troubled in every way: conflicts on the outside, fears within.
Hebrews 3:13 CSB – Let us encourage one another daily…. so we are not hardened by sins deceitfulness.
2 Corinthians 7:6-7 CSB – But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the arrival of Titus, 7 and not only by his arrival but also by the comfort he received from you. He told us about your deep longing, your sorrow, and your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more.
2 Corinthians 7:9 CSB – I now rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because your grief led to repentance. For you were grieved as God willed,
2 Corinthians 7:10 CSB – Paul continues: For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly grief produces death.
Psalm 51:3-4 CSB – For I am conscious of my rebellion,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you—you alone—I have sinned
and done this evil in your sight.
So you are right when you pass sentence;
you are blameless when you judge.
2 Corinthians 7:11, 13 CSB – For consider how much diligence this very thing—this grieving as God wills—has produced in you: what a desire to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what deep longing, what zeal, what justice! In every way you showed yourselves to be pure in this matter.
For this reason, we have been comforted.
The Corinthians Encouraged Titus
2 Corinthians 7:13 CSB – For this reason we have been comforted.
In addition to our own comfort, we rejoiced even more over the joy Titus had, because his spirit was refreshed by all of you.
2 Corinthians 7:14 CSB – Paul continues: For if I have made any boast to him about you, I have not been disappointed; but as I have spoken everything to you in truth, so our boasting to Titus has also turned out to be the truth.
2 Corinthians 7:15-16 CSB – And his affection toward you is even greater as he remembers the obedience of all of you, and how you received him with fear and trembling. 16 I rejoice that I have complete confidence in you.
Hebrews 8:12 CSB – God says, For I will forgive their wrongdoing, and I will never again remember their sins.
2 Corinthians 7:16 CSB – I rejoice that I have complete confidence in you.
- Everyone needs encouragement. Encourage someone today.
Proverbs 3:27 CSB – Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
- Actions speak louder than words. Encourage by sacrificing this week.
- The greatest encouragement is to know Jesus. Who will you influence for Jesus?