Are Christians Called to Encourage Others?
Edifying Others Through Love and Encouragement
by J.M. Troppello
As far as I can remember, I have always loved to encourage others. I feel good when I encourage others. Of course, there are times when I’m having a bad day and need to be encouraged. But, for the most part, encouraging is something I need to do.
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. (Eph. 4:29, NKJV)
Are Christians called to encourage?
According to Ephesians 4:29, no corrupt word should come out of your mouth, but only what is good for edifying others.
I readily admit that corrupt words have come out of my mouth. Just like you, I’m not perfect.
However, I think that Christians are called to encourage others—even if encouragement isn’t one of your gifts.
Now, you may not write encouraging notes each day to your spouse (like I do), share inspiring posts on social media, or write articles to inspire others to become better people.
Yet, there must be something that you can do to encourage others throughout your week. Consider some of the following things you can do to inspire and motivate others.
One important thing you can do is to pray for other people.
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men. (I Tim. 2:1, NKJV)
If someone you know comes to mind, that could be God urging you to pray for them. Our church has an online prayer team. I’m on that team and get emailed whenever there are prayer requests. If you see a prayer request on social media, don’t simply say you’ll be praying, and then don’t pray. I always say a prayer right then—in case I might forget to pray about it later. Then I ask God to remind me to pray as needed later on.
If you’ve felt led to pray for someone, send them a text or email (or call them) to let them know you’ve been praying for them. Knowing that can encourage them.
As much as possible, try to be positive in all your interactions with people, both in-person and online. I know there is much to be depressed about in the world today. However, ask God to use you in a positive way as you interact with people daily.
Stay open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. God may urge you to encourage someone when you least expect it.
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 10:25, NKJV)
According to Barna.com, “Over half (53%) of practicing Christians have streamed their regular church online and another 34% admit to streaming other churches’ services since COVID-19 happened. Only 1 in 3 practicing Christians are still attending church since the pandemic occurred.”
So, I’m not here to bash anyone who stopped attending church since COVID happened.
It was hard for my husband and me to get back on track with attending church once they started meeting again in person. We’d gotten so used to watching the online service in the comfort of our living room.
However, and wherever, you are attending church right now, just know that you always have a chance to encourage others. Maybe you might serve in the children’s ministry. You might serve as an usher or greeter. Even if you don’t currently serve anywhere, you can still be friendly and offer a word of encouragement to people you see in attendance that day or encounter online.
There are always ways that you can encourage others. Even if you are not naturally an encourager, you can encourage people. Ask God to help you love others, pray for them, and spread positivity in the world today.
About the Author
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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