Encourage One Another With These Words

Feb 1, 2024 | Articles

When we think of encouraging others, it usually involves sympathizing with them, listening to them and trying to come up with the right words to make them feel better. We have good intentions and want to be helpful but many times the words we say don’t seem to make any difference and we actually end up needing a bit of encouragement ourselves by the time the conversation is over. How easily we forget sometimes that we can find the exact words we need to be encouraged and to encourage others by looking at God’s Word.

In James 5:7-8 we read, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient, strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.”

There are other verses that say the same, some more directly than others. Paul tells us in I Thessalonians 5:9-11, “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.”

Unquestionably, the most precious words of encouragement ever spoken came directly from the mouth of Jesus. In John 14: 1-3 He says, “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so I would have told you, for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”

All three passages focus on the same theme: the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. We don’t need a bunch of magical words we have to dream up in our heads. God has already given us what to say. We can best encourage others by focusing their attention on Jesus and the promise of His coming again.

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