Galatians 6:10, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
To encourage means to inspire with courage and hope. Everyone needs some extra “hope” now and then! Everyone likes to feel appreciated for their efforts and accomplishments. Each of us are capable of giving others some extra hope, courage and appreciation. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or even take a lot of time. Let’s use every opportunity we can to “lift up” and “do good” to those around us!
Let’s not forget WHY we should encourage others.
1. It’s just a good thing we can do for others!
2. It will make me be thoughtful which helps me to be truly thankful.
3. It may help to keep someone on track spiritually and be uplifting to their soul.
4. It will give me a purpose or a ministry.
Let’s not forget WHO to encourage.
1. Our husband, children and other family members
2. Our pastor, pastor’s wife and his family
3. Our church choir director, nursery workers, bus workers, teachers, custodians, secretaries and all the many others who play a vital role in the way our church functions
4. Our encouragers and those who encourage others
Let’s not forget some of the most simple ways of HOW to be an encouragement to those around us.
1. A lot can be accomplished with a short note, a brief phone call or an inexpensive gift.
2. Praising someone in front of others for their efforts or accomplishments (Never mention in front of others about their heartaches! Always take care not to humiliate someone.)
3. Encourage anonymously from a distance and with no ulterior motives.
4. Let them know that you are on purpose scheduling a specific time to pray just for them.
Let’s not forget WHEN we need to encourage others.
1. On special days in their lives such as birthdays or anniversaries
2. To comfort them during a loss or other hard time in their lives
3. To congratulate them for accomplishments such as graduations and births of children
4. Encourage others when they need it, you need it or others need to see it done.
Ecclesiastes 4:10, “For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.”