The need for encouragement and a true sense of self-worth is one of the greatest threats facing the world.
Typically, I would not have given much thought to the value of being encouraged by someone or the liberating power a kind word can bring, but this week has been an epiphany. I’ve had many close friends come to me with various heartaches and struggles—some so traumatic I was left without words to soothe them. All I could do was listen and try to empathize with their situation.
Since I’m a chatter box, I rarely run out of words to say to someone who is in pain or dealing with a life circumstance, but this week was different. Telling someone who has a life-threating illness to be positive because life works itself out is difficult. As is telling someone who is losing everything they own because of a job loss to trust there are plenty of jobs on the market. Encouraging someone in need goes deeper than positive affirmation along with a call to be strong and endure the ride.
God wants me to help those in need and encourage those who are broken. Walking out that call begins with this dynamic Scripture: This is my command; be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. All believers have the God of the universe walking with them through every trial and dark place. There is no need to fear.
Instead of trying to fix your friends, family, or loved ones with positive statements or false claims of hope, encourage them by reminding them about God’s love and how He will never leave or forsake them. Be the example of God’s love and encouragement by walking hand in hand with others through their pain. You can become a walking encourager by showing others God’s unwavering love and commitment to them by your actions.
Ask the Lord to show you how to encourage someone who may be shattered by life. Then watch as the Lord uses you to heal and lift up those who have lost hope.
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