Friday, November 16, 2007

Encouraging One Another

Multiple times the Bible commands us as believers to encourage others. I Thessalonians 5:11 states “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up”. Hebrews 10:24 likewise says “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works”. Clearly these two verses give a picture that we are to be continually encouraging each other. This has application in the area of encouraging brothers and sisters in Christ towards godliness and holiness. Delightfully we are to build each other up with our encouraging words. Whether you realize it or not, each person is an example to someone they know, and their actions and encouragement can stir those people towards godliness, or unfortunately also lead them in the opposite direction. How we treat each other, and the words we use, are so exceedingly important. We must strive to make sure our conversations and words are edifying and encouraging, for this is what God desires to see in us.

So how can we be encouraging? Obviously, one way to do this is by praising others when they do things well, or choosing the right thing no matter the cost. Finding godly qualities to praise in your siblings is another necessary thing to do. Endeavoring to speak things that are building up and edifying instead of derogatory and rude is something we should all attempt to do. Of course, none of this is possible without the grace and ability given through Christ alone! The only way we can desire to be encouraging and building up is by turning to God and asking Him to think of others more highly than ourselves. Hebrews 3:13 instructs us to “Encourage one another daily”. How will you be an encouragement to all around you today?

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