Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Blessed are the encouragers. No. You won’t find that statement in scripture, but the idea is contained in our focus text. Without question, those who encourage us are a blessing. They lift our spirits with positive reinforcement in a negative world.
The Apostle Paul’s message was intended for Christians, his brothers and sisters in Christ. Encourage. Build each other up.
As people of hope, we have been divinely equipped to exhort others to keep on going no matter how difficult the race has become.
We should be like those massive crowds that attend professional sports events, cheering for the home team, encouraging them with all our might to come from behind and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Sadly, there appears to be more beating down than building up. When people hit upon hard times, we use that as fuel for gossip, criticism and ridicule. In fact, we don’t even care about the facts. The juicier the story the better.
As a child, I was taught to look for the good in others. When was the last time you heard that? Our world has come to the place where the opposite is true. We look for the worst in others.
I say, “we.” It’s easy for all of us to fall into the lure of the sensational. Most headlines for stories and blogs are written to appeal to our desire for the negative. As one who worked in the media for more than forty years, I get it. Sizzle is more important than the story.
Five Good Things the President Did Today is not nearly so compelling as Five Stupid Mistakes the President Made Today.
I use news headlines as an example to demonstrate our hunger for the sensational. Social media plays to that desire, and is often used as a forum for spreading dirt, lies, and distortions of the truth.
But who among us wants to be the fodder for the feeding frenzy? Let’s not forget the Golden Rule to do unto others as they would have you do unto them. Jesus’ instruction to love thy neighbor applies. The Bible teaches love. Encouragement and lifting people up is a way of demonstrating that love.
If only we could learn to think before we speak and choose words that uplift. Our relationships would be so much better.
Some of the most demeaning talk I have witnessed was in marital counseling sessions. Whatever gave us the idea it was okay to trash-talk our spouses? Surely such behavior doesn’t honor God.
I saw it growing up. My mom and dad often hurled insults at one another in bitter arguments. And my grandfather seldom spoke a kind word to my grandmother.
Growling at your spouse is not an earned privilege. Belittling one another is never acceptable. Your promise was to love and honor one another, not to curse and demean.
Want a better marriage? Want your wife/husband to treat you better? Then stop tearing down what God brought together. Build one another up, encourage one another in the Lord.
Take your desire to build up others wherever you go. Find a reason to encourage and not tear down. Criticizing is easy. Anybody can do it. But well placed, thoughtful, compliments and words of encouragement can do so much to heal and help your little corner of this troubled world.
Make somebody’s day today. Do it again tomorrow. Be an encourager.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Working for the Lord’s Higher Purpose
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.