One of the greatest things that we can do for other people is to encourage them in their life. We have a choice that we can make each day, to lift others up or to put them down. To help people in what they are doing or leaving them on their own. Let the love of Christ help you to make better choices.
In the world, people put each other down, but as Christians, we should lift each other up. “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NASB).
Many people will put others down so they can lift themselves up. They will criticize more than they console, and they will correct more than they will compliment. All the while, they think themselves justified; imagining their personal knowledge gives them the right to stand above others.
Speak to others such that you wouldn’t regret it if it was the last thing you ever told them. “And never let ugly or hateful words come from your mouth, but instead let your words become beautiful gifts that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to help them” (Ephesians 4:29 TPT).
When you put down your pride and be considerate of the feelings of others, it will be there you are walking on holy ground. Be that person who encourages others, and you will find yourself in great demand. People long to be encouraged, so be the one who does it.
Stop criticizing people for where they fall short and start encouraging them for all they can be. “May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus” (Romans 15:5 NLT).
When we encourage others to go as high as they can, we ourselves are going ever higher. The height we are going is not before men but before God, who sees our good works. In the kingdom, the one who bows the lowest and lifts others the highest is nearest the Lord in all they’re doing.
Some of our greatest accomplishments are what we encourage others to do. “We must also consider how to encourage each other to show love and to do good things” (Hebrews 10:24 NOG).
When we only focus on our own success, we are operating on the worldly sense of pride. Prideful self-centeredness operates on the worldly idea of scarcity. When we seek to encourage others to be successful, we are operating on the kingdom principle of abundance.
Our faith can be so full that it spills over onto those around us. “That I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me” (Romans 1:12 NKJV).
Let God convict others more than you do. People are hurting in the circumstances they have put themselves in and don’t need you to rub it in any further. What they really need is for someone to come alongside them and encourage them that the Lord can help them right where they are.
Tell others what God has done for you to encourage them on what He can do for them. After Jesus freed a man from demons, He told him, “…Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you” (Mark 5:19 NKJV).
You never know when your encouragement to someone might just be what removes the last straw that was about to ruin them. Your encouragement might be the very thing God uses to reach down deep into someone’s heart. Encourage others and let God do with it what He will.
You will impact others by praying for them more than by criticizing them. “Pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16 NKJV).
Your encouragement to someone just might be that final nudge that they would step into the calling and the purposes of God. When you encourage others, you are an instrument of God and useful to His kingdom. Never underestimate the power of a positive word.
The more you pour out, the more full you will be. “Do not forget to do good and to help one another, because these are the sacrifices that please God.” (Hebrews 13:16 GNT).
When someone encourages you, thank them for what they have done. Seek to be around people that will encourage you, and don’t let others bring you down. You will always have many critics, but you are blessed if you even have one who always is an encouragement to you.
Spend more time with people who encourage you to be more and don’t always remind you of who you were. Jesus taught, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:35 NLT).
Blessings to you,