Monday, July 19, 2021

An Encouraging Word

Most of us need an encouraging word from time to time. However, let us also think about others who need an encouraging word. Understand that no one needs flattery. That's when talk is cheap, and most people are quick to discount flattery. But, encouraging words are far from flattery.

It's easy for us to become discouraged. Then, life loses its joy. A word of encouragement can make a difference in someone's life. "Therefore encourage each other with these words" (1 Thessalonians 4:18, NIV). So wrote the apostle Paul to a group of discouraged Christians. In this letter found in your New Testament, we see that they had sorrow over the death of loved ones.

The Holy Spirit seeks to encourage each believer. He inspired authors in the Bible such as Paul to write for this very reason. The Bible has many verses that are intended to encourage God's people. Words inspired by the Spirit of God bring hope and encouragement.

Maybe someone comes to your mind who really needs an encouraging word. You may think that there is nothing you could say to encourage that person. Maybe so, but sharing an encouraging word from the Bible could make a real difference. Pray for those who are discouraged. Ask God to direct you to an encouraging word in the Bible to share with others. "Therefore encourage each other with these words."