EnCouragement: Something We All Need and Something We All Can Give

Supporting a friend

Our words have power. Our words have purpose.

And our words have great potential to encourage those we interact with.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 says,

“Encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

Everyone needs hope. Everyone needs strength. Everyone needs more grace. I’ve never met anyone who says, “I don’t need any more grace; I don’t need any more encouragement.”

Most of the people who share with me how they are really doing communicate that they battle discouragement from time to time, struggle with various forms of doubt, and have difficulties managing everything life is throwing at them daily. The circumstances of life have a way of knocking us back.

How many times have you looked forward to the end of the day when you can just crawl in bed utterly exhausted, hoping that you’ll get some rest so you can make a little more traction on everything that needs to be done when a new day dawns? The tasks that were left un-checked from our to-do list, the phone calls that didn’t get made today, the inbox that is full of unanswered mail, the weight that we still haven’t lost, the relationship that has grown cold, the hopes deferred — all these things can dishearten a soul and rob us of courage.

It’s so easy to be more aware of what we have and haven’t done than we are aware of what God has done for us.

The Potential In Our Words

That’s why encouragement is so huge. We have the opportunity to help someone get his or her eyes off themselves and back to God.

Our God is the God of all encouragement.

God is at work everywhere around us. We can see His work in others, but it’s more difficult to perceive His work in ourselves. That’s why we need encouragement, and that’s why encouragement takes place best in the context of community.

In community, we have the privilege of pointing out grace to those who are more aware of their failures, faults, and frailties. They, also, can share with us how they see God at work in our lives.

When we encourage one another in Christ, we build a culture of grace.

Every believer in Christ is amazing because he or she is in-dwelt by the Spirit of God and God is at work in them to will and to do according to His great pleasure.

Psalm 10:17 says,

“You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.”

When we listen to a friend, when we hear them in the midst of their affliction, and when we encourage them, we honor The Lord and reflect His character and goodness.

Encouragement imparts grace, and together we build up the body of Christ.

Encourage the fainthearted (1 Thess. 5:14)

Encourage one another daily (Hebrews 3:13)

It’s something we all need and something we can all give.

I'm a husband, father of four, healthcare IT recruiter, pastor and writer. I live in the greater Nashville, TN area where I serve as an elder with Redeeming Grace Church (www.rgcnashville.com).