The power of friendship and encouragement among the Christian community is an important role, but it spans beyond just that as well when we actually take the time to stop and think about the role of encouragement.
In Hebrews 3:13 (ESV), the Bible shares the following, “13 But exhort 1 one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin”
It’s so easy in these days and times to thrive and feeding on dirt, versus finding ways that we can lift up and encourage each other to be better and do better. 2 So when I read 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV),”1 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”,, it is a reminder of looking at how we treat each other.
GotQuestions.Org, shared five good points to remember when it comes to remembering what it means to encourage:
Encouragement makes it easier to love as Jesus loved (seeJohn 13:34-35).
Encouragement gives hope (Romans 15:4).
Encouragement helps us through times of discipline and testing (Hebrews 12:5).
Encouragement makes it easier to sacrifice our own desires for the advancement of God’s kingdom.
In short, encouragement makes it easier to live the Christian life.
In short when faced with two choices….what choice will we make.
Proverbs 16:24, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
- The Greek word parakaleó: /pará, “from close-beside” and /kaléō, “to call”) – properly, “make a call” from being “close-up and personal.” ↩
- Proverbs 11:6-28He who withholds grain, the people will curse him, But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, But he who seeks evil, evil will come to him. He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.… ↩