And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet (Acts 4:36-37).
Today's Morsel: Encouragement seems to be one of those things that is really needed today in our world; and within the church it is no exception. Paul even called it a gift. "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness"(Romans 12:6-8). So everyone may not possess this gift. If we are filled with the Spirit, we should seek, as Paul said, to the edification of others. "We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification"(Romans 15:1-2). Even though Paul may be seen as a hard leader is some areas, we can see through his writings to the churches, that he had received how to edify from Barnabas, his mentor in the Lord. What are you doing to edify others as well as yourself? Paul wrote the church at Ephesus, "Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 5:17-20). "Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem. But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down. And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on" (Acts 13:13-15). Do you have any word of exhortation for the people? Why not try sharing the gospel in love. It will work every time.
Sing: There is power in the name of Jesus! There is power in the name of Jesus! To break every chain, break every chain, to break every chain.
Thought for Today: If you have any words of exhortation, say on.