Words of encouragement I believe are underused. Even as Christians, we tend to look at God’s instruction to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) as only a call to correct improper behavior. Though this is true, it’s also true that we are called to build others up.
The Bible is full of verses that are not only encouraging, but speak specifically to the need to encourage others; “Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.” (Romans 15:2), and “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.” (Romans 15:5), are just a couple, but there are a lot more.
This is not to say that we should shower undeserved praise on everyone for the sake of doing it. When God says, “speak the truth”, He means the truth. It is our nature to notice faults in people and some of us are more comfortable pointing those out than others are, and there is value in that if done right. On the other side of the coin, God also commands that we pick someone up by letting them know we believe in them, are proud of them, that with God’s help they will overcome or to praise them for a specific talent or accomplishment. God knows we are never too old, stoic or jaded to hear sincere words of encouragement, which can change someone’s day and perhaps even their life!
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