Isaiah 35:3-4 “With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.”
I love this! So often when we are struggling along with our own issues it can seem as though everyone else in the church is so victorious and strong. But when I take my eyes off myself for a while and take a real look, people around me are struggling with similar issues, or problems just as seemingly big as mine. Why else would The Bible instruct us to encourage each other?
The Bible is filled with admonishments to encourage one another, in both the Old and New Testaments. Here's just a few:
1 Thessalonians 5:11, 14 “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing – Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.”
Romans 15:12 "We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord."
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
This is probably THE most important reason we should encourage one another.
I am blessed to be part of a loving and caring church. People who visit our church for the first time comment on the warmth, friendliness and genuineness of the people. When I have been through difficult circumstances in recent years, my church family has been there to care, support and encourage me. When we encourage each another as the Body of Christ, we demonstrate a living picture (however small) of God's love to people outside of the church.
Your Own Life Will Be Blessed Through Your Encouragement of Others:
An added benefit of being an encourager is that your own heart will be blessed. Luke 6:38 “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. ”
People often quote this scripture in the context of monetary giving, but when you read back from verse 35 it can clearly be seen that Jesus was talking about relating to others.
Let's determine to look for at least one person to encourage today!