In my research about encouraging I ran across Barnabas in the book of Acts 4:36 in the Bible. He is not just Barnabas, he is identified as Barnabas “Son of Encouragement”, hailing from Cyprus. This was intriguing to me, how does one’s name get to be associated with such a great attribute.
For a great summary of how Barnabas lived up to his name as The Encourager check out this post from Journey with Jesus. This is a picture of St. Barnabas with the Virgin and Child, Sandro Bottecelli 1490.
As pointed out in the article from Journey with Jesus:
Barnabas had a reputation for coming alongside people, especially sketchy people, with consolation and comfort. He was a bridge-builder who brought people together. He “had your back” in tough times.
I didn’t know much about Barnabas, but what I like is his ability to be a bridge-builder and not a bridge burner. And he had hope for the “sketchy people”.
Principle #1 To encourage is to bring good.