Encouragement is something that I think is underestimated most of the time. It seems to be something we can all agree is a “good thing,” but we don’t often make a practice of it. In the life of the Christian, someone who follows Jesus, why is encouragement so important?
When we encourage others, we’re placing our confidence in what Jesus has done. Out of an overflow being forgiven and made righteous through Christ, we are able to truly encourage and build one another up to love and good works because the war is already over. In any battle or circumstance we find ourselves or others in, if the war is already won, it changes your perspective to be able to encourage someone at all times.
When our lives are not marked by encouragement, God is not our top priority. At the end of the day, if we constantly walk around discouraged then I would say we have forgotten our first love, who is Jesus. I’m not saying we don’t walk through tough times and go through suffering, but what carries us through those times? If it isn’t Jesus, then we aren’t making God first in our lives.
Who can you encourage today?
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on encouragement:
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.
Proverbs 18:10 – The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 16:33 – I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
2 Timothy 1:7 – For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 – And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
Psalm 119:50 – My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.
Psalm 120:1 – I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me.
Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.