To encourage someone means to build courage in someone and is a characteristic of our new lives in Christ. We are all able to stand firm because of encouragement.
"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God!" says John, but do we know who our Daddy is? It is easy to acknowledge that we are His children, but we don't always think about WHO it is that is our Father.
Life is scary. There is reason to be afraid when we look at the world around us, when we contemplate the future. Even when we consider our own limitations, there is reason to be afraid. What must you and I remember when we are afraid?