St. Barnabas the Encourager

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 VirgSaint Barnabas with the Virgin and Child, Sandro Botticelli, 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.