Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing- 1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Encourage one another and build each other up” is something some folks do, but others do not. What does that look like?
It is prayer.
-Praying over someone is a powerful gift of love that can have a godly impact on family, friends, relatives, and strangers.
It is words.
-Speaking words of encouragement can lift someone’s spirit and allow a new found perspective in their situation, or just a word of kindness can make a difference in someone else’s life.
It is deeds.
-Actions or deeds you initiate on someone else’s behalf, doing them a favor, helping them out, or stopping what you are doing to do something for another.
I read that Danica McKellar came to Christ Jesus recently. Danica played Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years, which was a favorite series of mine. A fellow actress Candace Cameron Bure was an encouragement to Winnie. Candace gave her a Bible and now Winnie thanks Cameron for interceding and encouraging her. Here is an excerpt from an interview last year,
“Candace, I don’t wanna brush over the huge, huge impact that you’ve had on my life this year,” McKellar said. “I don’t even know how to call that like friendship; it’s more than that. Because of you helping me to find my relationship with God and Jesus, it’s been like a revolution in my life. It’s been a revelation in my life.”
She continued, “You gave me this Bible that I read all the time, and I love it so much, and I go to church now, and I just talk to Jesus all the time every day. It’s unbelievable. And you were like my guide. You were just an angel in my life, and you still are. And I just wanna thank you for that publicly.”
Those are some mighty powerful words spoken from one child of God to another. Who knows what brought Candace to share her faith and a Bible with Danica. Obviously it was God, but maybe she delayed in doing it, or maybe she acted immediately. We know the results are that heaven is receiving another eternal resident!
Prayer, words, and deeds may be nothing to you, but can make the other person feel loved, valued, and supported that no matter what they are experiencing, someone else is right there with them. I encourage you to pray, speak, and act towards another just like Christ Jesus does for you. The results may be that that someone comes to faith, strengthens or rededicates their relationship with Christ Jesus. It can also be an encouragement to you as well!
If you’d like further details, have questions or if you’d like to schedule a complimentary discussion on how you can better encourage and build others up, and in the process, lead a more balanced, happier and fulfilled life, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.