Words of Encouragement for Men

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Christ Is the Source of True Peace

Words of Encouragement for Men: Christ is the Source of True Peace
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Words of Encouragement

"True peace does not come as a result of eliminating sorrows and disappointments.  It comes as a result of one thing, and that is an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  He is where anxiety ends and peace begins."

--Charles F. Stanley,
Living the Extraordinary Life

Disappointments are inescapable, but Christ’s love is always there. When life lets us down, Jesus lifts us up.

Bible Verse

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (NIV)

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Look for the Truth in the Right Place

Encouraging Words for Men: Look for Truth in the Right Place
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Words of Encouragement

"Whether you realize it or not, truth is the most important issue in your life.  It is more important than what you do for a living, who you are married to, or what you earn.  I am convinced that truth is the bottom line of life.  You cannot have 'real life' without truth."

--Chris Thurman,
The 12 Best Kept Secrets for Living an Emotionally Healthy Life

Many voices shout at us, but the one that speaks the truth is calm and soft. Seek the truth in the Word of God.

Bible Verse

John 14:6
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (NIV)

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Obedience Expresses Our Gratitude

Encouragement for Men: Obedience Expresses Our Gratitude
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Words of Encouragement

"Our love is a response to God’s love.  Likewise, our obedience flows from our gratitude for what he has done for us."

--Jack Kuhatschek,
Applying the Bible

Obeying God can be hard, but when we look at the cross and realize Jesus did that for us out of love, our course becomes clear.

Bible Verse

1 John 5:3
This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome ... (NIV)

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Humility Is Possible When We Know Our Place With God

Humility is Possible When We Know Our Place With God
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Words of Encouragement

"To be 'the greatest' is a comforting prospect for the immature, but an irrelevance to the man of God."

--Rex Chapman,​
A Glimpse of God

We feel humbled knowing that through Christ, we are fully accepted by a perfect, holy God.

Bible Verse

Psalm 147:6
The LORD sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground. (NIV)

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Materialism Is Modern Day Idolatry

Materialism is Modern Day Idolatry
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Words of Encouragement

"Use temporal things but desire eternal.  You cannot be satisfied with any temporal goods, because you were not created for the enjoyment of such things."

--Thomas a' Kempis,
Of The Imitation of Christ

Owning the latest electronic breakthrough pales in comparison to building Christlike character.

Bible Verse

Matthew 6:19-20
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal." (NIV)

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When We Make Prayer Our Priority, We Honor God

When We Make Prayer Our Priority, We Honor God
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Words of Encouragement

"Spiritual people are not those who engage in certain spiritual practices; they are those who draw their life from a conversational relationship with God."  

--Dallas Willard,
Hearing God

Our prayers need not be eloquent or impressive. What God treasures most is the honest longings from the depths of our heart.

Bible Verse

Psalm 5:2
Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. (NIV)

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Perseverance in Hardship Is the Hallmark of a Christian

Perseverance in Hardship is the Hallmark of a Christian
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Words of Encouragement

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another."  

--Walter Elliott,
The Spiritual Life

Perseverance sets us apart from the crowd. When the going gets tough, we can allow the Holy Spirit to work through us.

Bible Verse

James 1:2-3
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kind because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. (NIV)

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Giving Love First Is the Surest Way to Receive It

Giving Love First is the Surest Way to Receive It
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Words of Encouragement

"If we are to love sincerely, and with simplicity, we must first of all overcome the fear of not being loved."  

--Thomas Merton,
No Man Is an Island

Loving another requires taking a risk. But we can step out in love because Christ first loved us.

Bible Verse

Luke 10:27
He (Jesus) answered: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" (NIV)

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Joy Can Be Ours When We Reach Out to God

Joy Can be Ours When We Reach Out to God
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Words of Encouragement

"A personal, prayerful relationship with the Lord will put you in touch with the mother lode of joy.  God wants to share himself with you."

-- John T. Catoir,
Enjoy Your Precious Life

When we humbly ask God to help us conquer our grouchy moods, the Holy Spirit's joy will flow through us, making us and those around us happy.

Bible Verse

Psalm 94:19
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. (NIV)

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God's Unconditional Love Is the Source of Our Worth

God's Unconditional Love is the Source of our Worth
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Words of Encouragement

"If we could see how much the Lord loves us—and truly feel it—none of us would be the same again."  

--R.T. Kendall,​
God Meant It For Good

Accepting that God loves us unconditionally, just the way we are is one of life's hardest tasks, but the Bible assures us over and over that this fact is true.

Bible Verse

Psalm 106:1
Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (NIV)