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September 16, 2019

Impacting Lives Through Encouragement

Of course, encouraging others is a biblical concept. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another.” Jesus’ ministry provided love, encouragement and hope to those who needed it the most. And we are to care for others the same way that He cared for us.

God’s Word Commands Us to Encourage Others and to Be Encouraged

The Bible has a lot to say about encouragement—both in encouraging others and being encouraged ourselves. God’s promises to His children are many. He promises to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11), to give us strength and power when we need it (Isaiah 40:29), to provide us with strength and assistance (Isaiah 41:10, 13), to give wisdom to those who ask (James 1:5), to never leave or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8; Joshua 1:9) and to give us the desires of our heart if we take delight in Him (Psalm 37:4).

Jesus promised to give us His peace (John 14:27), to provide what we ask for in His name so that our joy may be complete (John 16:24), to answer our prayers (Mark 11:24) and desired that His joy be inside of us (John 15:11).

Verse after verse, chapter after chapter and page after page, the Bible is filled with words of encouragement.

It admonishes us to be encouraged and filled with hope: Romans 15:13 says, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Hebrews 10:24-25a says this, “And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another.” In these verses, the apostle Paul instructs us to assemble and to encourage one another. We need each other and the body is not complete without each of its members. In Genesis 2:18, God himself says that it was not good for man to be alone. The animals and all the rest of God’s creation were not enough—Adam needed another human like himself.

These verses make it clear that we cannot successfully make this journey alone. We need each other. When we’re down, we need someone to give us a hand up. When we celebrate, it’s much more fun to celebrate together. When we grieve, we need others for the comfort they can provide. Our lives are made better or worse through the actions of others. With very little effort, we can make a huge positive difference in the lives of others through words of encouragement. Best of all, giving encouragement to others makes us feel better, too.

Proverbs 12:25 sums it up, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” We need to use our good words to lighten other people's loads and make them glad. The National Day of Encouragement should only serve as a reminder to practice what we should already be doing every single day.

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things (Philippians 4:8).” Focus on the good and encourage it in others.

How to Exemplify Encouragement

It’s easy to see the benefit of being encouraged and that of being an encourager. Let’s look at a few ways you can Exemplify Encouragement:

  •     Call, text or send a note or card to someone who is sad, depressed or struggling
  •     Tell someone who is important to you just how important they are
  •     Encourage someone who is working hard to reach a certain goal … if you can, offer to help them reach their goal
  •     Give lots of people high-fives or a pat on the back for a job well done
  •     Reach out to someone with a phone call, text or email that you haven’t talked to in a while just to let them know you’re thinking about them
  •     Share a smile with everyone you meet

Essentially, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Spread love and encouragement.

Education and Encouragement, All in One Location

Just ask any former student, and they’ll tell you that Geneva is a great place to receive encouragement while pursuing an education and equipping yourself for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor.

If you’d like to learn more about professions that enable you to serve wholeheartedly and faithfully in your life’s work or want to learn more about a biblically-based, Christ-centered education at Geneva, we’d love to chat with you. For more information on how Geneva College can help you pursue your education goals, please phone us at 855-979-5563 or email web@geneva.edu.