9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” 11 So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God. Acts 18:9-11
The first part of Paul’s vision was encouragement. We all need it. Paul needed it. How would you like the reassurance that you wouldn’t be hurt because of what you’re doing?
When the Lord “visits” us, we are encouraged immediately. It could be through a vision or a dream or just reading the Bible. You see, the Lord is always with us, and encourages us when we need it. Sometimes we need it more than others. Sometimes others need it more than we do.
Let’s face it, life is hard. There are lots of things that go against our moral fabric every single day. We all need that encouragement.
You can’t go wrong by encouraging a fellow Believer. Encouraging non-Christians and children to do the right thing is also a win-win.