When Paul shared the Gospel with Crispus, the chief ruler, he was converted. Many Corinthians also accepted the salvation of the Lord and were baptized after Paul proclaimed Jesus to them.
Then the Lord tells Paul not to be afraid, to keep speaking, to keep sharing the gospel.
Paul was in need of encouragement even as he was reaping the harvest for the Lord!
How often do we think that only the weak brethren need encouraged? How often do we only say a kind word or give a smile to people that are going through a tough time?
Jesus teaches us to encourage one another. Weak or strong. Bold or timid. Public platform or not. Jesus didn’t put stipulations on who needs encouragement. Neither should we.