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There are many ways to share encouragement. A simple smile or a hello are both straightforward techniques, but how often do you see it happening in everyday life? ~ Bill Greguska
When you share encouragement, it is important to listen carefully, with compassion and understanding, by pointing others to Jesus Christ. Here are some encouraging scriptures on how to share encouragement.
The dictionary definition of talk is to communicate or exchange ideas, information, etc., by speaking: to consult or confer.
Philippians 2:1-2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
Are You Strong Enough To Share Encouragement?
Share Encouragement/Story Of The Starfish
While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up, and throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was a young man picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.
He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied: “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
The old man smiled and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up, and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves, and said,
“It made a difference for that one.”
Share Your Faith And Encouragement With Others?
Things You Can Do To Share Encouragement?
- Share encouragement like you have been encouraged in the past.
- The best way to share encouragement and your faith with others are to be, first of all, transparent and genuinely care about them.
Try to be a good listener, and when a door is opened to speech, share what God has done in your life that helped you, in your difficult times, especially in areas that you know the other person is struggling with. It is good to share some of your past with them.
- Sometimes talking about what we believe about God can be intimidating. Be cautious about speaking about God right off the bat. Take some time to get to know the other person.
- Our hope and prayer empower you to freely and appropriately share your encouragement with others in your circle of your friends and family, acquaintances, and even strangers. Many worldviews confuse people. Learn how you can help cut through all the confusion.
- Contact us if you have been a Christian for at least a year and would like to help us come alongside others who are struggling. Let us know why you would want to help and tell us a bit about yourself?
- To share encouragement, you need to be a good listener. When a door has opened to speak, share how God has helped you in difficult times, especially if you have had the same struggles as the other person. First, pray and listen carefully — then point the person to God.
Five Ways to B-L-E-S-S Others!
B- Begin with prayer. We want you to ask, ‘God, how do you want me to bless the people in the places you’ve sent me to?’
L- Listen. Don’t talk, but listen to people, their struggles, and pains in the places God sent you.
E- Eat. You can’t just check this off. It’s not quick. You have to have a meal with people or a cup of coffee. It builds relationships.
S- Serve. If you listen to people and eat with them, they will tell you how to love them and know how to serve them.
S- Story. When the time is right, now we talk, and we share the story of how Jesus changed our lives. By Dave Ferguson.
Tips On Mentoring
Encouragement Comes In Various Ways!
- Mentoring others is a beautiful way to solidify and underline the truth that has become a part of your life in thinking and action.
- You don’t pour out everything that you have learned like a one-sided lecture, but you listen and pray for God to illumine His wisdom when the time comes to speak.
- Perhaps it will be a question to illuminate the problem further. Remember that having other “ears” hear what is said is helping the speaker understand and evaluate his thoughts too!
- The best mentoring is done with thoughtful “spaces” for conversation and though – not “jumping right in” for a “fix.”
There Are Many Ways To Encourage Others
- Keep in mind that each person is unique, although the ideas below are general!
- Take time to learn about the other person.
- Be a great listener, and try not to cut them off when they talk.
- Speak highly and respectfully to the other person.
- Use specific scriptures that would possibly help the person if they are open to it.
- Share encouragement by being wise in how you speak.
- If they drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes, encourage them to cut back or quit soon.
- Share what knowledge you have that might help.
- Pray that God shows you how to encourage the person.
- Ask them if there is more they need to mention?
- Remind them that they are worthwhile, and God loves them.
- Assure them that your conversation is confidential.
- Tell them when you can tell that they are making progress.
- Use scripture when possible to encourage others, but don’t come off as holier than thou.
- Put your helpful thoughts into words.
- Share with them what works in your life and what does not work.
- Encourage their relationship with God.
- Do some homework, research in the Bible that might help them.
- Share with them a small, thoughtful gift or card.
- Pray that God will make you an encourager.
- Show them that you care and that God loves them.
- Show genuine interest in the situations of others.
- Encourage the other person’s slightest effort or successes.
- Show your love for the person with your words and respect.
- Stay always humble and be Christ-like with them.
- Focus on the good that they are doing.
- Make an effort to smile and nod when listening to the other person.
- Help the person figure out what their love language is.
- Be sure that you do not seem bored or preoccupied.
- Think ahead of time about what scriptures could encourage the person you are with.
- Offer a compliment or word of praise while keeping it real.
- Make positive comments about them.
- Encourage them to make decisions and take positive steps.
- Let them know that they are not alone; God will never leave them.
- Encourage them with simple challenges to gain confidence.
- Assure them that there are solutions around the corner.
- Speak with gentleness.
- Share your testimony.
- Keep life simple such as proper sleep, exercise, plenty of water.
- Restore hope by sharing new perspectives from the Bible.
- Give them a CD or a book that has been a blessing to you.
- Ask them how you can be of help to them.
- Keep in touch with them by phone, email, text, or written letter.
How To Share Your Faith?
- We need to understand that God has a plan for everyone’s life and that all good things come from God, the creator of this world.
- With God as your foundation, you are on the way to share your encouragement with others! Just be yourself, share your truth of how God delivered you.
- As you get to know the person you are trying to help, use common sense, try to relate to them, and give them ample time to talk about themselves and what is on their mind.
- Remember that you need to earn their trust before they are willing to trust what you have to say.
- God has blessed you, and you have the opportunity to bless others with your witness. I suggest praying before you talk, asking God to direct your conversation.
- Now pray and ask God who He wants you to share encouragement with?
Are We All Supposed To Encourage Others?
For a variety of reasons, not everyone is comfortable encouraging others. To do so is not something to be taken lightly. If a person is not equipped to help another person, it can sometimes be as bad as no attempt. This was my personal experience when going through a divorce.
Also, the Bible talks about the fact that there are many parts to the body of Christ; this is true when it comes to encouraging others. Not everyone does it by talking one on one. Here are a few simple ideas that you can consider:
- Let them know you are praying for them.
- Prepare a meal for them.
- Invite them to your church.
- Help them with yard work.
- Offer to drive them somewhere.
- Help them with their checkbook.
- Give them a hand with their grocery shopping.
- Offer to help do something for them.
- Spend time just being with them for enjoyment.
- Call them to let them know you are thinking of them.
- Invite them out for lunch or a movie.
- Write them a letter or send them an email or text.
- Buy them a small, thoughtful gift.
- Tell them why you think they are unique.
- Be a good friend and listener.
- Contact us if you have any questions or comments.
Questions About How To Share Encouragement!
1. Do I need to be a counselor or have any specialized training?
The answer is NO; you need a desire to help another human being with the weight they are presently carrying.
2. Does it help if my life experiences are similar to those of the person I’m encouraging?
Sure, it does help, but it is not needed to point someone to Jesus Christ.
3. How can I help someone who is grieving a loss?
Just being there for the person who is grieving is a great start. Listen to them without passing judgment.
Treat them as you would want to be treated. Then you can point them to Jesus for comfort and direction. Be a good listener!
4. How do we communicate with the person we are encouraging?
This can be done in person, via email, phone, text, or even letters.
5. Does all of this cost anything?
NO, There is no sign-up fee or cost involved. The only thing it will take is some of your time, but you will find it well worth it.
Again, if you have any more questions, please contact us! Thank you. Bill Greguska
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