In life it is easy to dwell in negativity, especially when we are constantly surrounded with it. The things that we hear, see, and go through have the ability to suck the life out of us. We live a culture that is hypercritical, constantly seeking out the negative aspects of all situations. Our society thrives on criticizing and cutting people down. After a while, constant exposure to all that negativity takes its toll. Life’s circumstances, trials, and tribulations have the ability to drag even the most positive individuals down and dampen their spirits. Encouragement is vital to life and it has the ability to lift the spirits of even the most depressed, downtrodden, brokenhearted, dismayed, discouraged, disheartened, dejected, and hopeless individuals.
Encouragement is capable of giving support, confidence and hope. To encourage embodies what the Father does for his children. He didn’t leave us here all alone to fend for ourselves. He left us with an awesome support system in which we should be confident. He didn’t send us here to explore uncharted territory but he left us with a road map, his Word, the Bible and tour guides/ life coaches which come in many forms such as parents, relatives, teachers, friends, pastors, or maybe even strangers. At one time or another we will all fall into the category of a tour guide/life coach. One requirement of that position is to be an encouragement to someone providing them with support, boosting their confidence, and hope. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 admonishes us to encourage one another and build each other up.
Why is it necessary to encourage and build one another up? Without encouragement, our hardships become meaningless, and our will to go on wanes. Encouragement gives us hope, helping us through the tough times of discipline and testing, helping nurture patience and kindness. Just as iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17). To sharpen in the sense of improving, enhancing, and making better. Sharpening is necessary because trials and tribulations equip saints for the work of ministry and building up the body of Christ. A word of encouragement while we are going through can remind us of God’s love and provision and inspire us to continue on. Pleasant words such as encouragement are like a honeycomb sweet to the soul and healing to the bones (Proverbs 16:24). So be one who uses words to motivate instead of tear down. Encouragement helps to convey concern; it nurtures, mobilizes, energizes, and promotes strength and unity within relationships and helps to build the body of Christ