1 Th 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (NIV)
The ability to lift someone’s spirit by the power of our words can be overlooked as we go about our lives. We use words to ask, to greet, to tease, to command, to advise, to compliment, to correct or even to question. Let us remember also to encourage.
Don’t underestimate the effect of the words “Good job” or “You can do it”. Even something as simple as “Thank you” can make a difference. It is not a case of working for the praise of men but feeling appreciated and supported can go a long way when there are tasks to accomplish. Whether a seasoned veteran or a novice, in life or in skill, it is good to know that efforts are not in vain and that there are fruits from our labour.
When Joshua was leading the Israelites into the promised land, God told him to be of good courage and when Moses addressed the people he told them to encourage Joshua. There was a challenge ahead that none of them had faced before, and they needed a confident leader before them.
It is easy to see when a person has reached a mountain top, and then to celebrate the heights which have been achieved. By all means, celebrate! What may go unnoticed is the time spent in the trenches trying to climb out. There may be those whose hearts are broken, who feel alone or their hope is waning; those who may be slowly taking one step at a time closer to their goals or are pushing and pressing forward with their eyes on the prize.
Find someone and speak a word of encouragement. Ask God for guidance. An encouraging word may pick someone up off the floor or keep them moving. A hug or a smile can show compassion.
Rom 12: 6&8 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith… 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. (NIV)
1 Th 5:12-13 12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. (NIV)
Heb 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (NIV)