"May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word." 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
One of my favorite quotes from Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, is this: "How do you know if someone needs encouragement? If he or she is breathing." Wow! I love that! Today, you and I need encouragement. Today, all of the people you and I see at work or at school or at the mall or at the restaurant need encouragement. It begins with God. God loves us! God has given His Son to live and to die for us. Jesus was raised from the grave, and He defeated sin and death for us. Jesus is the hope that God has given us...hope for full and eternal life. As 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 says, God has given us "eternal encouragement and good hope." That means that the encouragement and the hope that God has given us will last throughout eternity. The encouragement and the hope God give is alive now and forever more! Nothing can stop or take away the encouragement and hope of God! You and I ought to share that eternal encouragement with everyone we come in contact with today. You and I ought to share the hope of Jesus Christ with our words and our actions today. If the people we come in contact today are still breathing, then we need to give the gift of hope and eternal encouragement to them! We need to give them Jesus!