It is absolutely necessary for the believer to both give and receive encouragement. It provides strength to the receiver and no doubt, strength and joy to the one giving it. Encouragement provides rejuvenation – it gives refreshment. Encouragement all in all gives hope.
“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Romans 12:18
Question to ponder: Since encouragement gives strength, can it be said that discouragement drains strength causing one to be weak?