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There are many reasons to encourage someone. The biggest reason is that God tells us to love one another. God also provides a bonus that when we encourage someone, we too become helped by our act of kindness and love. ~ Bill Greguska
Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
Learn Why We Need To Encourage Someone?
What We’re Willing To Do To Help Others?
First Pray For One Another!
- Be willing to go grocery shopping for someone who isn’t able to make it to the grocery store or who can’t afford it at the moment.
- Be willing to clean someone’s house. To take the load off someone who is struggling with daily life.
- Be willing to provide rides to doctors’ appointments. If your friend is ill, take her to her doctor appointments. Wait with her, comfort her. Don’t turn away from her discomfort.
- Be willing to do some cooking. Make regular meals for someone who is ill, or is otherwise unable to cook for herself.
- Be willing to be available for babysitting. If you know a couple whose marriage is in an awkward place, offer to watch their children so they can have some time together, just the two of them, or maybe you know someone who needs an hour or two on their own to regain their sanity.
What Often Happens When You Encourage Someone!
More Helpful Ideas To Consider:
Encourage Someone At The Same Time Encourage Yourself!
- Be willing to spend time one on one in a personal Bible study. If you have a friend, who is struggling with her faith or wants to build a deeper relationship with the Lord, meet with them weekly.
- Be willing to make regular phone calls to let the person know that they are being thought of and cared about by someone.
- Be willing to go for walks with someone and to spend time together. Sometimes just being there and being willing to listen is what we all need.
- Be willing to share about yourself and to open up. Be prepared to let go of the “perfect Christian” façade and be willing to share your struggles and faults. Let your friend know that they are not alone.
- Be willing to ask your friend what their needs are? Ask them, “How can I help?” Be ready and willing to follow through.
Ways to Encourage Others
- Learn individuals’ “love languages,” the special ways in which they feel most valued. In his book, The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman explains that not everyone’s emotional needs are met in the same way and that it’s important to learn to speak others’ love languages. The five love languages are words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch.
- If an encouraging thought comes to mind, share it! It may not have the same effect if you wait. Don’t let shyness hold you back. Instead, form a new habit: “Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today…” Hebrews 3:13
- When you introduce someone, add a few words of praise for the person’s abilities, accomplishments, about how they’ve helped you or about the nature of your relationship. It’s encouraging to be praised in front of others.*
Here Are Additional Ways To Encourage Others!
- Send flowers. A surprise delivery makes any occasion or accomplishment feel more momentous and is a tangible sign that you are thinking of someone even when they’re not around.
- When someone is discouraged or hurting, offer specific, practical help. If you ask, “How can I help?” the person might be at a loss to answer. It’s better to ask, “Would it help if I…” or say, “I would like to…”
- Update your address book. In a digital world, there’s nothing like receiving a hand-written note in the mail.
- Remind fellow Christians of the specific promises of God and characteristics of God. We may know something with our mind, but need to be reminded in our heart. The Apostle Peter wrote, “I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.” 2 Peter 1:12
Here Are Additional Ways To Encourage Others!
- Write someone a note to tell them that you’re praying for them. Tell them what you’re praying. You can pray specific Scriptures for individuals such as Romans 15:13, “[I pray that] the God of hope [will] fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
- Make celebration a more regular part of your relationships. Celebrate others’ victories, large and small with a note, coffee together, a special meal, a congratulatory phone call, or just a high-five!
- Be specific when you offer words of praise; it makes your encouragement more credible and concrete: “You did a great job at…”, “I really appreciate that you…”, “I was really impressed that you…”
Here Are Additional Ways To Encourage Others!
- Encourage other believers with a reminder of Christ’s coming. It redirects our thinking to an eternal perspective and ultimate deliverance from the sin and death. “We who are still alive and are left will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17b-18
- Realize the power of presence. Just being there can be encouraging! When you’re with others, you’re telling them that they’re important. The Apostle Paul closed his letter to the church at Colossae promising to send his friend Tychius “that he may encourage your hearts.” Colossians 4:8b
- If you’re part of a church, Bible study or fellowship, be committed to showing up. Your presence encourages others that they are part of a community of faith and that they are not alone. That’s why the writer of Hebrews says, “Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as we see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
- If someone you know is working on a large project, send her a single flower to encourage her at the beginning of the project, and a full bouquet when it’s done.*
Finally, Here Are Additional Ways To Encourage Others!
- Use encouragement as an outreach. If anyone should be known for being an encourager, it should be a Christian. Write a letter of appreciation to people at work, your apartment manager, your child’s teacher, or your doctor. Often when we interact with these people, we are asking for their services. Take time just to say thank you!*
- If you really want to encourage someone who gives you excellent service, write a letter of commendation to the person’s boss.*
- We could learn something from the way team athletes freely pat, touch and high-five each other in competition. Touch is a powerful encouragement. Be sure to be sensitive in this area, though. Ask someone if you can hug her first. And be careful to be above reproach with persons of the opposite sex.*
- When you see someone making positive changes in their lives, affirm them. “You seem to have a really great attitude about…”, “It may be that I’m just starting to take notice, but I see that you’re…”, “Do you think that you are becoming more…?”19. Tell people how they’ve encouraged you!Choose one or two items on this list to encourage someone in your life today!
What Should Motivate You To Love One Another?
I believe you reap what you sow. If you love others, you will receive love in return.
Jesus loved me when no one else did, so I should be pleased to love others!
God loved me and did not judge me, so I should follow His perfect example
I’m motivated to love others just like Jesus loved me, and I try to mirror His love.
Should motivate me much to do that, and I ask Him daily to help me do just that.
Motivates me daily to do the same to others just as Jesus loved me.
Highly motivated to love others because Jesus loved me when I was cold-hearted.
Jesus gave His life up for all of us, so we should do the same as Jesus.
God is love, and His love compels and enables us to love one another.
Trying to share God’s love with others that He has given to me!
God has motivated me through prayer to love others just as He has loved me.
When I drift and go my way, Jesus loves me and brings me back to Himself!
Encourage Someone Today!
Reflect On How We Love God!
Here Are Some Helpful Links:
Do you practice compassion in your life daily?
What does the Bible say about dealing with difficult people?
What is your understanding of being empathic?
Where/how do you draw the line between helping someone and allowing someone to take advantage of you?
Why is encouragement so crucial according to the Bible?
How To Encourage Someone?
Point out to someone a quality you appreciate in him or her.
Be sensitive to others’ need for encouragement, and offer supportive words or actions.
Who comes to mind that you could encourage?
You can phone, email, text, send a card or make arrangements to meet with that person.
Ask the Holy Spirit to direct you.
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