Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
The Thessalonian Christians faced struggles and an uncertain future. Paul wrote to encourage them, reminding them of their faith and love and hope in Christ, all of which prepared them to be ready for the Lord’s return. And with these assurances they could keep encouraging one another and building each other up. Paul lists encouragement as one of the gifts of grace (Romans 12:7-8).
Encouragement is a gift in the home, the workplace, the church—wherever we find ourselves. We can come alongside others and be there for one another. We can listen, comfort, console, affirm. It’s a way of living out the command to love one another.
Take time to recall the people who’ve been encouragers in your life. They’re the ones who were there when you thought you’d never laugh again. They were the ones who listened to you when others just talked. Ask yourself, “When was the last time I encouraged someone?” It’s not difficult, and the people you encourage are so blessed by it.
Commit to encourage others no matter what you might be facing yourself. As you offer soul-deep encouragement to others, you can trust that God, in His sovereignty, will encourage you. This is the principle described in Proverbs 11:25, “… whoever refreshes others will be refreshed”
Prayer: Dear God, please help me to offer heartfelt encouragement to others no matter what I may be facing. Help me to trust that as I refresh others, I will be refreshed. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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