The Greek word for “encourage” is, parakaleo 1, and appears 105 times in the New Testament. If you use the NASB or New American Standard Bible, the word is “implore”….either way..there is power in encouraging others, be it to try and help guide them away from harm or maybe from things that are clearly shared as a warning not to do in the Bible, or maybe someone is having a rough day and need a lift me upper….
The power of encouragement can’t deny.
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
I write this, thinking though, how sometimes, we may, in the name of good intentions or encouragement, forget too, are we focusing on the right things that are Biblical based, or are we sometimes trying to steer people into, not so much doing something that is truly a benefit for them, but unintentionally more of a benefit for us.
When we are reaching out to others….it helps to both be in prayer but also, with some realistic introspection, ask ourselves, are we really doing this because of we truly care and want to share encouragement or in an attempt to hide other motives….hide criticism in the face of encouragement.
- parakaleó: to call to or for, to exhort, to encourage
Original Word: παρακαλέω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (par-ak-al-eh’-o)
Short Definition: I summon, entreat, admonish, comfort
Definition: (a) I send for, summon, invite, (b) I beseech, entreat, beg, (c) I exhort, admonish, (d) I comfort, encourage, console. ↩