To Be Able To Encourage A Friend Is A Blessing!Encourage a friend as often as you can!

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To have a good friend, you must be a good friend to them! There are many good ways to encourage a friend, and one great idea is to spend time with them, call them on the phone, email or text them, or send them a card in the mail. Knowing that you are thinking of them and caring for and loving them is beautiful!

There is a short poem I have always liked, “Make new friends, keep the old, the new are silver, the old are gold.” A good rule of thumb that can help you encourage a friend is to consider what would encourage you and then decide if that would encourage them. When we were little, many of us were taught, “Do to others as you would want them to do to you.” ~ Bill Greguska

Proverbs 17:17  A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.





How to see things more clearly?

Learn how to encourage others and be a good friend!

Seven Ways to Encourage Others

  1. Pray for them when you are together and at home alone.
  2. Point them to a saving knowledge of who Jesus Christ is.
  3. Show them in tangible ways that you care about them.
  4. Tell them verbally that you care.
  5. Tell them in writing that you care.
  6. Offer to spend time with them or help them with a project.
  7. Please share with others how much you care about them.
  8. Trust them with more responsibilities.
  9. Remind them about their good qualities.
  10. Help them be the best that they can be.







One Motivational Way To Encourage A Friend!



25 Ideas To Encourage A Friend, Or Make A Friend:

  1. Bake something and share it with friends.
  2. Be a bingo caller. Nursing homes are filled with people who have very few visitors.
  3. Buy something for someone else. Buy the person’s hamburger in a drive-through. Pay for someone’s gas.
  4. Buy someone some flowers.
  5. Celebrate accomplishments. Large or small.
  6. During your quiet time, lift friends in prayer.
  7. Give a hug. Studies have shown that hugs lower blood pressure and heighten your sense of belonging.
  8. Give a sincere compliment.
  9. Help a friend move. With the help of a friend, the burden drastically gets reduced.
  10. Lend a helping hand anywhere and at any time.
  11. Listen. Sit down with a friend for a soda or cup of coffee and let them talk.
  12. Make a meal for someone.
  13. Mow a yard, rake some leaves, and shovel snow for an elderly or disabled person.
  14. Pass along a book that changed your life to some degree.
  15. Praise a parent.
  16. Pray with someone immediately when they share a need.
  17. Please send a card in the mail, letting someone know you’re thinking of them.
  18. Send someone serving in the military a care package.
  19. Tell someone how they have encouraged you in the past.
  20. Thank someone. Many people work behind the scene, so let them know you are grateful for their help.
  21. Use social media to pass along thoughtful words.
  22. Volunteer to watch kids. Let parents have a date night.
  23. Volunteer. This almost turns into a selfish act because of how amazing you feel at the end of assisting. Make a difference with Special Olympics, the local food bank, or the homeless shelter.
  24. When introducing someone, please share a few words about their talent or gift.
  25. Write a handwritten letter, or email someone’s boss for someone who went out of their way to serve you in a particularly thoughtful way. Let the boss know how happy that made you.




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How Are You Encouraging Your Friends?


Encourage A Friend Or Family Member Today!

Diana Greguska

My mom encouraged me my entire life, and I was blessed to assist her in the last eight years of her life!

When encouraging someone, there must be trust and respect! Encourage a friend when they reach out to you or even when you see them not being themselves. You know, when they seem occupied with something on their mind. God says we ought to love and encourage one another, which is what we should do! You can help someone by just spending time with them!

Share encouragement with them whenever you have the opportunity. Relate to their struggles by sharing how you dealt with a similar situation you had. ~ Bill Greguska




How Do I Become An Encouragement To Others?

  1. There isn’t only one “right way” to encourage each other, but here are a few ideas to help you get started.
  2. Pray for God to make you an encourager. Ask him to give you a heart that loves others and the creativity to know how to show it. Ask him to help you die to self-centeredness and grow in a desire to build others up. Because God delights in helping his people obey his commands, we can trust His Spirit will teach us how to bless others for his glory and their spiritual good.
  3. Study Barnabas and ask God to make you like him. Barnabas was nicknamed the “son of encouragement” by the early church (Acts 4:36). He was the kind of guy you wanted to have around as you were serving the Lord. He wasn’t just a spiritual cheerleader but a man of great conviction who wanted to see the church flourish and did all he could to make it happen. Ask God to give you and your church a heart like Barnabas.
  4. Make encouragement a daily discipline. For some of us, motivation comes naturally; for others, not so much. I have a reminder in my calendar each day to send someone an encouraging note, email, text, or phone call. I need this reminder to pause, pray, and then intentionally try to spur someone on in Christ.
  5. Pray for God to show you who to encourage. Ask God to bring someone to mind that you should reach out to. One way to do this is by praying through your church’s membership directory.
  6. Use Scripture if you’re able. Nothing encourages us like promises from God’s Word. Make a list of Scriptures that God has used to bless you personally or an excerpt from something you read in your daily devotional. Mine are the Psalms, Romans 8, and the Gospels. Find and share the riches of God’s grace with others.
  7. Be specific in what you say. My friend’s note Reading them humbled me and reminded meace in my life. When I read them, I was humbled and reminded that God works in and through me. I needed that.
  8. Regularly encourage your pastor. If your pastor says something that God uses, tell him about it. Don’t expect him to write you back, but send a few lines in a card or an email. Nothing encourages a pastor like hearing specific ways God used a sermon or counseling session to work in your life.
  9. Pray that God will create a culture of encouragement in your church. Ask God to make your church a community that loves each other in specific, tangible ways like encouragement. Ask God to use you to help fan that flame. Don’t get discouraged if people don’t return your motivation (Matthew. 6:3-4; Ephesians 6:3-8) or if you don’t see fruit from it (Galatians 6:9-10). Creating a church culture that glorifies God takes a long time, prayers, and abundant grace. I encourage you to keep at it.
  10. Be wise. If you want to encourage someone of the opposite sex, use discernment in how best to do it. If I’m going to promote a single sister in the congregation, I will tell my wife and copy her on the email. If I were encouraging a married sister, I would again tell my wife and copy her and the husband of the person I’m encouraging. You can also use that as an opportunity to encourage both the husband and wife.
  11. Get started. Who can you encourage right now? Who has blessed you recently that you can thank? What verse can you share with them? How might God use it?


May the Lord do more than we can imagine through a bit of encouragement (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Garrett’s site, “All Things for Good.”
By Garrett Kell




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Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:

Proverbs 18:24 ESV

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

John 15:13 ESV 

Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Proverbs 17:17 ESV 

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 27:9 ESV 

Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.

Proverbs 27:17 ESV 

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV

Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

James 2:23 ESV 

And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.

John 15:12 ESV 

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

John 15:14-15 ESV 

You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

Proverbs 16:28 ESV 

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

Proverbs 22:24-25 ESV 

Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV 

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

Proverbs 22:11 ESV 

He who loves purity of heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king as his friend.

Proverbs 27:5-6 ESV

Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Proverbs 12:26 ESV 

One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Matthew 18:15 ESV “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.



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