Bible Reflection: 5 Bible Verses to Motivate You to Encourage Others


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5 Bible Verses to Motivate You to Encourage Others

Called as a Christian to Encourage Others Daily

by J.M. Troppello


If you’ve read many of my articles, you know that I love to encourage others. It’s part of who I am as a person. However, I do believe that as a Christian, you and I are called to encourage others daily. Hopefully, the following five verses can motivate you to encourage others that you encounter in your life.


1. Mutual Encouragement


11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established— 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. (Romans 1:11-12, NKJV)

This passage from Romans shows that Paul longed to visit their Roman church and impart a spiritual gift to them. He wanted them to experience that mutual encouragement in their faith. Whenever possible, embrace that mutual encouragement in your faith with others.


2. Edify One Another


9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. 11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. (I Thess. 5:9-11, NKJV)

I love this passage from I Thessalonians. As a Christian, you are urged to live together with Christ whether you are alive or asleep, whether you are on this earth, or when you pass on and go to Heaven. You are called to comfort and edify one another. To comfort means to ease, calm, and soothe. To edify means to instruct, educate, enlighten, inform, and teach. I’ve never dissected these verses before like this. However, it makes me think and wonder if I am comforting and edifying others as I should be doing.


3. Live for Edification of Others


28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Eph. 4:28-30, NKJV)

This is a powerful scripture. Corrupt words have proceeded out of my mouth recently. I don’t share this verse to shame me or anyone. Just as a reminder that you and I can always do better. I love how it says that our words should be good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearer. Those are strong words, especially the following verse about not grieving the Holy Spirit. I’m thankful for God’s grace and new beginnings in Christ.


4. Stir Up Love and Good Works


24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25, NKJV)

Have I been stirring up love and good works? That’s an important question. I try to. However, other days, I’m stirring up strife. The last part is the most vital section—that we exhort one another even more as we see the return of Christ approaching.


5. Remain Steadfast in God


58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (I Cor. 15:58, NKJV)

I love this verse. Be steadfast and immovable. It’s important to be “abounding” in God’s work. Now, again, I’m not always abounding in God’s work. Many times, I’m abounding in what I want. Yet, the beauty of life is that you always have the chance to try again and do better the next day. Are you being steadfast and immovable in your faith, encouragement of others, and work for the Lord? It’s a question I am asking myself even as I write this.


Stay Strong in Your Christian Walk


You have a choice each day to grow in your walk with God or not. One vital way to grow with God is by encouraging others.


  • Mutual encouragement

  • Edify one another

  • Live for edification of others

  • Stir up love and good works

  • Remain steadfast in God


Encouraging others opens up your heart and mind to focus on someone other than yourself. That breeds selflessness. That’s something we all can hope to attain to—selflessly walking with the Lord daily and showing His grace and love to others.



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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