There are at least 30 different scripture passages in the epistles that use the words encourage, encouraged or encouragement. The Bible does not turn a deaf ear to the pressures of life. Our need for encouragement springs from the day to day pressures and the brokenness of the world in which we live.

Listen to these verses:

Therefore encourage each other with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:18 NIV)

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV)

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3:13 NIV)

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25 NIV)

If encouraging one another is such a prominent topic in scripture, how can you do a better job?

Here are 5 ways you can encourage brothers and sisters in Christ:

  1. Write a note or an email – share something that can be held saved
  2. Call on your phone – let them hear your voice
  3. Help the hurting – do something to relieve the pressure
  4. Practice the power of presence – be there
  5. Tell people how they have encouraged you – build people up

It’s time to be a doer of the word. Don’t read this and forget about it. Do something today to encourage someone.

Do you have any other ideas or tips to help us encourage one another? Join the conversation and share them with us.

Grace and Peace,

Terry

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