Do you ever get discouraged? Don't answer that, because I already know the answer. Of course you do, you're human. Encouragement is something we all need. Thank God it is something He has promised to every one of us. I'd like you to first see that the word, "encouragement", is not used in the King James Version of the Bible. Instead, you'll see the word "comfort" which is used 10 times in this passage from 2 Corinthians. It is also translated "consolation" and used to describe the Holy Spirit who is called the Comforter (John 14 & 15). I want you to know the sweet encouragement that only our Savior can bring. And once you receive that gift, to pass it on, thereby allowing the Holy Spirit to fill you up again and again.
God is the One who encourages us so that we may be able to comfort others. This is the purpose of encouragement! We are blessed that we might be a blessing.
This Sunday, we look to God to bring us encouragement so we can pass it on to others!