3 Epic Reasons to Encourage Others

“Correction does much, but encouragement does more.” ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Today I want to encourage you to encourage others. Why? Here are three epic reasons for starters.

Because . . .

1. You’re made in the image of the God of encouragement.

He intended for you to reflect Him to the world around you:

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus” (Rom. 15:5).

What’s holding you back from imitating and “imaging” your Father, the God of encouragement?

2. Your encouragement is someone’s lifeline today.

Everyone needs encouragement—even leaders! The apostle Paul—the same guy who wrote at least thirteen books of the New Testament—wrote of a time he was desperately in need of encouragement:

“When we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more” (2 Cor. 7:5–7).

Who do you know who could use a good dose of encouragement right about now?

3. You have real perspective and hope to offer.

It’s too easy in this dark world to start living like Jesus is just a fanciful idea rather than our soon-to-appear King! The end is in sight. The best is yet to come. That ought to change the way we think and live right now. That’s why, for ten whole verses, Paul reminds believers that Jesus is coming back soon. He concludes,

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1 Thess. 5:11).

How could the truth that Jesus is returning soon encourage your friend in what they’re facing right now?

I’d love to hear your answers to these three questions. Then, check back next week for ideas of specific ways to encourage others. Because it matters. Epically so.

About Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula no longer tries to catch guys' attention by swallowing live goldfish, arm wrestling, and jumping down flights of stairs. (She's married to a wonderful man now!) She spends her days caring for her son, Iren, and writing for Revive Our Hearts. She's the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom, and she and her family live in New York.

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  • Fulbrightgirl

    Beautiful! WE all need to be reminded of the power of our kindness and encouragement one toward another. Thanks for sharing this powerful truth.

    Under HIs Shadow!
    Psalm 91:1

    • phendricks

      🙂

  • What a great reminder!! I admit that I struggle in the encouragement department. Thank you for sharing this 🙂

    Lauren | Grace,Faith, & Glitter

    • phendricks

      You bet, Lauren!

  • TabithaJoi

    Thank you so much for posting this today! I have friends who are struggling in their marriage. Everyone has taken the husband’s “side” and left the wife alone. I am trying my hardest to encourage, love, and build her up. It’s difficult at times, but this reminder is just what I needed! I just pray I can reach her and help her see God’s will.

    • Sarah Abbey

      Praying that God would dive you grace and wisdom in exactly what to do and say. And that her heart would be encouraged. That is such a difficult situation.

    • phendricks

      Praying now, TabithaJoi. How silly to “take sides,” when they are one. Grateful for your desire to be an encouragement!

  • 1st Lady

    Than u so timely. One whose struggling in marriage and the sad thing is we r leaders. My husband just got smart and disrespectful I was about to retaliate but thank God this blog popped up.

    • phendricks

      Thank you, 1st Lady, for cooperating with the Spirit of God in you and not retaliating. Praying now that God will provide a “safe” couple for you to seek help from. Blessings.

  • Elizabeth Williams

    The fact is is that there isn’t anyone who doesn’t need to be encouraged! We can all use it. I’ve been focusing more on encouraging my family. I can’t wait to see the next posts!

    • phendricks

      So true, Elizabeth.

  • mandi

    I like to encourage those who discourage me. I want to be a light to them and I want them to see God through me.