Words of encouragement can have a profound effect on every person, bringing strength to a heart that has grown weary, impatient, or frustrated with many types of circumstances.
God has set the example for Christian character and early in the story of man-kind, God used encouraging words and actions to motivate His people to stay the course and follow Him. And, throughout scripture, we see that the Lord God has used many different paths in furnishing encouragement – from visions, to scripture, to prophecies, to using Christians in exhorting one another, forming brotherly and sisterly love.
The very idea of sharing a kind or encouraging word with another may seem simple and not a likely topic for study or discussion. But, when taking a close look at scriptures we find the importance of reflecting the character of God in every way, which includes using the tool of inspiring others to take courage.
The Psalms have been a great source of comfort and strength for the Lord’s people for many generations. The authors of these beautiful writings recorded God’s encouragement in their own lives. When the Psalmist was faced with persecution, he wrote, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what man can do to me.”
When the Psalmist needed protecting he wrote, “From the end of the earth will I cry unto you, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from my enemy,”Psalm 61:2-3.
Not only has the Lord equipped us with the Holy Spirit as a form of encouragement, but He has also put the promises of His faithful character in writing, giving us access to inspiration and help at any time of day. As we seek to follow after our Lord, we discover that encouraging one another is a form of sharing God’s loving and supportive nature.
Many scriptures speak strongly to both Israel and new believers to speak words of comfort and inspiration to one another. God told Moses to encourage Joshua in leading Israel into the Promised Land, and Paul teaches to exhort and lift one another up, which will lead to good works on behalf of the one receiving the words of encouragement.
One specific scripture found in Ephesians chapter four explains about the importance that our words can have on others, whether good or bad. The tongue is a powerful tool and can be used in furthering God’s Kingdom and reflecting God’s character, or for destroying good works and bringing an ugly stain upon the Lord’s reputation. “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto hearers,”Ephesians 4:29.
Do you want to know who is a good person to learn from? Look for words of encouragement and wisdom shared from a humble heart!
“Who is a wise man among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with humility in wisdom,”James 3:13.
~ Mary Lindow ©
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|Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others in all generations and careers or vocations to live and express excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She is a sought after keynote inspirational and humorous speaker and teacher throughout the United States internationally in Ministers conferences, International Spiritual leaders Conferences, and in National and International training seminars for various organizations.|