The Power of Encouragement: Building Each Other Up
We live in a world that can often be harsh and discouraging. Negative news and events can easily weigh on our hearts and minds, and it can be easy to get lost in the chaos. In times like these, it’s important to remember the power of encouragement and the impact that it can have on those around us.
What Does the Bible Say?
The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are doing.”
This simple verse reminds us that, as believers, we are called to uplift and support one another in our daily lives. Whether it’s through a kind word, a thoughtful gesture, or a simple act of service, we have the power to make a difference in someone’s life through our actions.
Sometimes, we may underestimate the impact that our words and actions can have on others. But we need to remember that a simple act of encouragement can be the answer to someone’s prayers. By obeying God’s voice and reaching out to someone in need, we can make a significant difference in their life and help them to feel loved and supported.
One powerful example of this is a pastor in Northern California, who makes it a daily discipline to reach out to one person every day and give them an encouraging word. Whether it’s through a text, email, or handwritten note, he spends just a few minutes intentionally reaching out to edify and uplift someone else. Multiple people who have been the recipients of these words can attest to the fact that they have brought hope and refreshment in moments when they needed it most.
This example should inspire you to be a person of encouragement in your own life. We can all strive to be a source of hope and light to those around us. By creating a rhythm in your life where encouragement is not just something you do, but it becomes a part of who you are, you can make a significant difference in the lives of those around you.
As Proverbs 25:11 says in The Message translation, “The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewelry.” Let us strive to be the kind of people who offer that custom-made piece of jewelry to others in their times of need. Let us speak life and hope over one another, and let us remember the power of encouragement in building each other up.
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