Hebrews 10:24-25 – “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
The world is harsh, isn’t it? Life gets tough, and it often seems that we live in a hostile climate that’s just waiting to take us down. We get tired and frustrated, distracted and discouraged….and the weight of our worries can overwhelm us. Everywhere we look, there are stories of failure or negativity, and the news, social media, pop culture gossip circles are circling like vultures, circulating the stories and barbs as fast as they can.
It’s disheartening. It’s dysfunctional. It’s not at all how God expects us to treat each other.
Jesus was an encourager. He spent His lifetime spreading the message of hope and salvation, and reassuring us that He had overcome the world – I think we lose that part of the message sometimes. We forget that He led by example in this aspect of relationship as well.
He took the time to meet with people, to talk with people, and to build them up by His very presence and definitive actions.
It was an integral part of His ministry and relationships. So, it should be an integral part of ours.
Hebrews 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.”
Think of a person in your life who is a source of encouragement to you. List examples of how they build you up. What part of that list has the most impact on you?
Think about your most important relationships. Do you act as a wellspring of encouragement to the people on that lineup? How do you show them support?
Are you sending a message of hope and encouragement to those around you in your daily life? Or are you exuding frustration, despair, or discouragement? Think about the conversations you have with others, the tone of your exchanges, the expression you wear…. What are you communicating?
I’m not saying you can’t ever have a bad day, or vent to your friends and/or family. But, if that’s the norm for you, if it’s the case more often than not, you might need a heart check. Pray about this. Read John 16:33. Absorb the truth in it, and then pass it on to others.
Don’t ever underestimate the gift you give someone when you take the time and effort to encourage them. We all need it. Why do you think all the Pinterest memes are so popular?
Think of someone in your life who may need encouragement (hint – the correct answer is anyone you know, or have ever met). Reach out to them. Be specific. This shows attention to their circumstances as well as care for their well-being. And we all want to be cared for, don’t we?
1 Thessalonians 5:11 – “Therefore, encourage one another ans build each one another up, just as you are doing….”
Solidarity, sisters. Ready? OK!!!!!!