Sunday, June 4, 2023

Encouragement: A Gift That Keeps on Giving

 By: Paula Short

"So we have no reason to despair. Despite the fact that our outer humanity is falling apart and decaying, our inner humanity is breathing in new life every day. You see, the short-lived pains of this life are creating for us an eternal glory that does not compare to anything we know here. So we do not set our sights on the things we can see with our eyes. All of that is fleeting; it will eventually fade away. Instead, we focus on the things we cannot see, which live on and on." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 — VOICE

Encouragement is one of the most powerful things we can do for others. It can lift someone's spirits, give them hope, and help them to overcome challenges. As Christians, we are called to be people of encouragement.

In a world of negativity, it can be easy to fall into a cycle of discouragement. However, as believers, we are responsible for lifting each other up and reminding each other of the hope we have in Christ.

The Bible is full of examples of encouragement. In Proverbs 12:25, it says, "An anxious heart weighs a person down, but a kind word cheers them up." And 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."

There are many ways to encourage others. Here are 10 ideas:

1. Write a handwritten note expressing your appreciation for someone 

2. Pray with someone who is going through a difficult time 

3. Give a small gift to someone just because 

4. Leave a kind message on someone's social media post 

5. Share a Bible verse with someone who needs encouragement 

6. Offer to help someone with a task they have been struggling with 

7. Cook a meal for someone who is going through a hard time 

8. Send a care package to a friend who lives far away 

9. Offer to listen to someone who needs to talk 

10. Give a hug to someone who needs one

Here are some additional thoughts on encouragement:

 Encouragement is not about telling someone what they want to hear. It is about speaking truth into their lives, even when it is hard.

 Encouragement is not about fixing someone's problems. It offers hope and support and lets them know they are not alone.

— Encouragement is not about being perfect. It is about sharing your own struggles and failures and letting someone know you understand what they are going through.


Encouragement is a powerful thing. It can make a difference in someone's life. As Christians, we are called to be people of encouragement. Let's show the world the love of Christ by encouraging others.


  1. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4

  2. Paula, I so appreciated the practical ways you have suggested to offer encouragement. We can make a difference in the lives of others if we just simply take a little time to do so. May we be people who offer hope and encouragement to those around us.


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