On Wednesday, December 4th, a civil society organization commended the Nigerian army for “their level of professionalism.” In a world where people—especially those in the Northern half of Nigeria—are fighting the Nigerian military, these words of commendation can mean a lot to an army’s morale and show them that they are seen. It reminds me of Proverbs 12:25:
“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” (ESV)
I cannot imagine the amount of anxiety any soldier may feel, and especially those who are currently fighting Boko Haram and other terrorist groups. And to be honest, we sometimes face much anxiety and trouble, in need of encouragement too. It shows me just how much power our words have. I’m not referring to “name-it-and-claim-it” theology, which is unbiblical, but simply that our words can either encourage and build up, or harm and break down (Proverbs 18:21).
And so, I ask the question: Are you a person who needs encouragement? Who have you encouraged lately? Do you encourage and lift up, or are you in the habit of bringing others down by gossip, complaining, and the like?
For those of you who need encouragement, let me remind you of the truth: Friend, you need to know that You are beloved by the Father– and that He wants to give you an abundant life (John 10:10). You are unique. You matter greatly.
I’m sure that this organization’s commendation of the Nigerian military lifted the spirits of these brave men and women, men and women who may never feel seen or appreciated. Encouragement can be extremely powerful. Let’s take the Love Jesus has shown us, and in turn, love and encourage those who need it. ❤
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Please pray with me:
“Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for the Nigerian military and each and every person who is apart of it, as well as those who are their family and loved ones. We pray for those today who need encouragement, both in the Nigerian military and out; please use us to glorify Your Name and to lift up those who need You the most. May all people come to know You as Lord and Savior. In Your Name we pray, Amen.”