Are you receptive to words of encouragement?
Have you ever been so hurt, so down or so cynical that it was difficult for you to receive encouragement?
We are going to look at some of the most encouraging phrases ever put into words. We find these powerful words of encouragement in the great hymns of the Church.
As we look at the hymn “Victory in Jesus,” we see God’s incredible love for us. “How He gave His life on Calvary to save a wretch like me.” He loved us so much to give his life for mankind in the midst of our sin and rebellion against him.
So how do we respond to this great love? It goes on to say…”Then I repented of my sins and won the victory.”
As we give our lives to Him and continue to grow we benefit the rewards of a deeper relationship with Him. “And then I cried, “Dear Jesus, come and heal my broken spirit.”
And finally, the thought of spending eternity in heaven…”And some sweet day I’ll sing up there the song of victory.”
What a beautiful progression from lost to saved; broken to healed; earth to heaven.
“It is well with my soul”
II Kings 4:26 – “Run now I pray thee, to meet her, and say to her, Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the Child? And she answered, It is well.
The author of this hymn was a wealthy Christian businessman. During the Chicago fire of 1871 he lost all of his real estate holdings. The year before he lost his son. Shortly after the fire he lost his four daughters while sailing to be with his grieving wife, he wrote this great hymn in the midst of his overwhelming loss and tragedy.
“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say It is well, It is well, with my soul.”
That we would be able to face life with such an attitude. No matter how painful the trail, it is well with my soul.
Colossians 2:2 – That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
I Corinthians 15:57 – But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, I want to encourage you to ask God to strengthen and encourage your heart through His Word and the words of the great hymns of the Church.