Encouragement

In the forty-first chapter of Isaiah we read: "They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage. So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil." What a wonderful picture of active, cooperative, constructive work these words present to us! It was not just a few of the laborers who helped their neighbors, but every one; and, moreover, all were brethren. The goldsmith was cheered by the carpenter, who was doing an entirely different kind of work; and everyone expressed so much courage and loving interest in his neighbor's work that there was no room for discouragement.

Among the last words spoken by Jesus to his disciples before his betrayal were these: "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." And these words of encouragement were followed by his earnest prayer to his Father that the same joy and love which he had received might also be in them, bringing them all into conscious at-one-ment with God.

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