Though its not specifically listed within the lists of spiritual gifts, I believe that the ability to encourage another is a spiritual gift. Perhaps its falls within the realm of prophecy, perhaps not. Certainly we are called to encourage each other on a daily basis. And I am yet to find any who don’t like to be encouraged.
Encouragement comes in many different ways and forms, depending on ones motivational love language. For some, encouragement comes from words, others from the touch from a compassionate person, receiving a gift is encouraging to others, where yet for others, spending quality time with that person causes the most encouragement.
There was a time in my life, when I was organising a combined Christian Church prayer meeting in the local area. One of the local church elders, tore strips of me, telling me how ungodly ecumenical prayer meetings were. His words, his tone and attitude tore deep into my inner being and I dried up deep inside. His concluding words were as he placed his hand on my shoulder…I just want to encourage you. And from that day on, I have prayed God, make me a real encourager.
This can be a real scary prayer to pray. For there are times when I feel an impression to pray for someone, or share something with another, which requires a stepping out of faith. And there are times when I miss it. There are times when I get it wrong. And there are times when I pray, God, do you really want me to say this?
But: There are more times when I get it right! And I am constantly amazed and humbled how a simple word, sentence or action truly breathes life into another. I previously said that I am yet to find someone who doesn’t like to be encouraged. With so many people who are around us in need, why not spend some time asking the Lord to cause you to become an encourager of others, and become a vessel to meet that need, because God knows exactly what that need is.