Jonathan is talking on Sunday about “encouragement to replace despair” he has asked people at church to email him and let him know what encourages them and what causes them to despair.
I think encouragement is very powerful. When someone or something encourages you it can literally turn your day around in a positive way. As Christians we do need to encourage each other more. In doing this we give support, confidence or hope to someone.
We can despair at many things, the negative words someone has said, the image someone has portrayed of Christianity, circumstances in the world and so on. Despair is the complete loss of or absence of hope. A feeling of hopelessness.
Notice how hope is present in both of these definitions, but for different reasons.
What encourages you?
What despairs you?