Words of Encouragement

You wake up. You think thoughts. You do things. And you talk to people. That is your day.

But here is my question for you. When you talk to people, do you encourage them? The people you encounter, who cross your path, who sit beside you, who stand behind you in line, who work alongside you and live with you at home – do they receive encouragement from the words that you say to them? Do you strengthen their spirit, sprinkle joy into their heart, enlighten their vision, stir up good behavior and draw them closer to God? How many people have you encouraged this past week by speaking encouraging, uplifting words to them?

As you forge your way forward into your day, and into the week ahead, take this challenge. Speak some encouraging words – to family, church friends, other friends and general strangers you meet along the way. Ask God for wisdom, courage and compassion, and then speak some encouraging words. You will refresh some weary souls and lighten some heavy hearts. And you never know, you may discover a divine appointment to introduce someone to the gospel.

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear. As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters (Prov. 25:11-13).

2 replies
  1. Itai
    Itai says:

    Nice Thought !
    So how can one encourage someone else when you are not first encouraged in the Lord ? We can not encourage others if we are not content with what the Lord has given already.
    Also, harboring bitterness and anger, one will not be in a position to encourage others.
    Encouragement is a selfless act where in essence, you uplift someone that is not yourself. Selfishness will be at the root of not encouraging others, namely, to elevate ourselves.

    Thank you for the reminder to encourage others.

  2. TOvermiller
    TOvermiller says:

    So true. For me to encourage others, I must be encouraged first, which is impossible by myself. Who can I turn to for genuine encouragement? The Lord.

    – “Rejoice in the Lord alway; and again I say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)
    – And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord His God.” (1 Sam. 30:6).

    When I learn to do this – to shift my selfish focus to the Lord, to find my contentment in my Lord – then I am able to provide true encouragement to others.

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