I think most people don’t understand the power of encouragement.
I have run into a number of people lately who have been going through a difficult time. Each person’s circumstances are different. Some are dealing with tough marriage issues. Some are dealing with rebellious children. Some are dealing with emotional trauma. Others are dealing with financial issues.
But you know what the common thread has been? Every single one of these people, to a (wo)man, has melted under the power of just one encouraging word. I do the same thing. When I’m feeling down and someone takes the time to encourage me, it means the WORLD to me.
Life is tough sometimes. We all go through times that we’d rather not go through. We all endure things we never thought we’d endure.
But there is a solution. It seems like a simple solution; too simple perhaps. Nevertheless, it’s true.
The solution is to speak life into whatever you’re going through.
Just as importantly, the solution is also to speak life into someone else who’s going through something tough.
How encouragement works:
Proverbs 18:21 tells us that life and death are in the power of the tongue. That means:
- When you talk to someone who is struggling with discouragement, you can literally birth hope back into their heart with your words.
- When you talk to someone who feels weak, you can literally impart strength into their heart and spirit with your words.
- When someone feels broken and downcast, God can use your words to turn their thoughts, lift their chin, and put light back into their eyes.
By encouraging that person.
The word “encourage” literally means to endue someone with courage. When you offer sincere encouragement to another person, your words don’t just go in one ear and out the other. They stick, because life and death are in the power of the tongue.
I pray all the time that Papa will waken my ear to hear what He wants me to say, so that I can speak encouraging words to people who need them and at just the right time. The Bible calls that kind of encouragement “a word in due season.” When you speak just the right encouraging word to someone whose heart is heavy, they will melt.
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