Words of Hope

Dr. James P. Gills, M.D., stated, “To pass words of hope to an emotionally drowning soul is to drag them into the ‘life raft’ by hand.” 1FreedmanMemorial

     For years, William Wilberforce pressed Britain’s Parliament to abolish slavery. Discouraged, he was thinking of giving up. His aged friend, John Wesley, heard of it, and, from his deathbed, called for pen and paper.

With trembling hand, Wesley wrote: “Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them stronger than God? Oh, be not weary of well-doing! Go on, in the name of God and in the power of His might, till even American slavery shall vanish away before it.”

Wesley died six days later. But Wilberforce fought for 45 more years, and, in 1833, three days before his own death, saw slavery abolished from Britain. Even the greatest ones need encouragement. 2

  Paul expressed his desire for the believers at Colossae when he wrote, “That their hearts may be encouraged” (2:2). “Encouraged” means “to strengthen.” Sometimes it means “to exhort,” but always at the back of it there is the idea of enabling a person to meet some difficult situation with confidence. 3

     “Stay away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great” (Mark Twain). 4

 

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Reference:

  1. James P. Gills, M.D., Exceeding Gratitude for the Creator’s Plan, Creation House, A Strang Company, 2007, p. 340
  2. Edward K. Rowell, Fresh Illustrations for Preaching and Teaching, Grand Rapids, MI: Christianity Today, 1997, p. 46
  3. Ralph Earle, Word Meanings in the New Testament, Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 3473, Peabody, MA, 01961-3473, 1974, p. 353
  4. Senior Lifestyle Digest, 2880 David Walker Drive, PMB #302, Eustis, FL, 32726, Lake Country, FL. Edition, September 2008, p. 4