William Barclay, a very popular Scottish Pastor and Theologian wrote: “One of the highest of human duties is the Duty of Encouragement.” It is easy to laugh at men’s ideals. It is easy to pour cold water on their enthusiasm. It is easy to discourage others. The World is Full of Such Discouragers, but We Have a Duty and A Divine Calling to Encourage One Another! Many a time a pat on the back, a word of praise or appreciation or thanks has kept a man or woman on their feet! Blessed is the person that speaks such a word!
G. K. Chesterton the English journalist wrote, “The Really Great Person is the Person Who Makes Every Person Feel Great.” God words command us to be an encourager in these verses. “I Thessalonians 5:11 Says therefore encourage one another and build each other up just as in fact you are doing.” Hebrews 3:12-13, teaches us, “Take heed brethren (Pay Attention lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God). But exhort or encourage one another daily while it is called today: so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
To encourage means to come along side of; the act of inspiring other with renewed Courage, a Renewed Spirit or Renewed Hope. Sincere Encouragement bolsters our Confidence, Strengthens our Spirit and causes us to draw close and Hope in Christ in Spite of life’s circumstances! There are times in this world when facing life’s disappointments, crises and hardships: that all of us need a word of encouragement! A kind word, a warm smile: a helping hand can lift our spirits and give us a boost to stay faithful to the end.
In Proverbs 12:25 the bible tells us one of the ways we can encourage people. “Anxiety or Stress in the heart of a man causes Depression and Discouragement.” We do at times become overly anxious and may be lacking in our ability to trust in God and have Faith! But notice what this verse tells us we can do to encourage other people. “But a good word makes it glad.” A good word of encouragement can turn someone’s heart from Sadness to Gladness. You have that power in your tongue! The power to give life to a weary soul that has been discouraged and depressed and feels like giving up!
Never under estimate the power of even the smallest gesture or word: whether it is to discourage and tear down or to inspire and edify a brother or sister in Christ! When we open our mouths to speak: something we do at times without thinking, we can very easily forget that our words are a gift from the Father in Heaven and He will one day hold us accountable for all the words we speak!
We are called as believers in Jesus Christ to speak Life Giving, Wholesome and Edifying Words. God has called each of us to encourage, strengthen and bless people around us with our words! We should never speak or even listen to words that tear down a person’s good reputation. Our Heavenly Fathers great gift of communication should never be used to be critical of people or speak evil of them. James 3:1-12 addresses this issue very clearly. In verse 10 we are told “Out of the same mouth proceeds Blessings and cursings. My Brethren these things should not be happening.” Instead of discouraging people with our mouths and actions: we as Professing Christians should be directing all our energy toward Encouraging, Healing, reconciliation and the building up of others! Our goal with each word we speak should be to develop the Spirit of Unity in the Bond of Peace!
Hebrews 10:25 says let us Encourage one another daily and it repeats the message from Hebrews 3:13. “Encourage one another daily” Christians need to be Encouragers – building one another up, inspiring one another and strengthening one another in the Faith. Unfortunately the spirit of Satan stalks the land seeking to plant seeds of discouragement in our minds and make us discouragers of the brethren instead of the encouragers that God has called us to be!
In Acts 4:36-37 Barnabas was called the son of comfort. He was an encourager of the brethren. How would you like to be called the son of comfort and be known as somebody who is well respected for being an encourager and comforter of the brethren like Barnabas?
Ephesians 4:29 Commands you to let no Unwholesome Communication proceed out of your mouth, but only that which is good for the Purpose of Edifying (Encouraging and or Building up) that it may minister grace unto the hearers! Make it your goal every day to be an Encourager in all your words and actions. Speak words that give Hope and Courage! Determine today to become a Christian who speaks only words that Encourage, Comfort, Console, Build-Up and Heal! If you do your Father will be well pleased and one day you will hear “Well done you Good and Faithful Servant”