Encourage One Another
Scripture is full of repeated instruction for us to encourage one another.
“Oikodomē” is the Greek New Testament word for encourage.
It means the act of building, building up, edifying, edification;
the act of one who promotes another’s growth in Christian wisdom,
piety, happiness, holiness; or a building of any kind.
The Apostle Paul uses this word twenty times in his New Testament letters.
God intends to use His people to build one another up.
Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:18
The Apostle Paul celebrated & gave thanks that the Thessalonian believers & church were encouraging & building one another up.
They had received great encouragement through Paul & his ministry team & now they were putting it into practice.
Words were a key element in the process though encouragement & edification can be given in many other practical ways too.
The Thessalonians were busy building one another up through word & deed.
They had realized that the Church of Christ is amongst many other things a building community.
They remain a great example to us today.
Words carry power (Proverbs 18:21; Ephesians 4:29) & encouragement carries power & imparts strength.
Therefore when we release encouragement we add power to power!!!
No surprise then that encouragement, affirmation & edification lift & motivate in a helpful way.
This is especially so in trying & difficult times or following failure.
Here encouragement is particularly effective & even more so than when we are celebrating success.
We encourage at all times but let us be truly focused about encouraging & building people up in the midst of their hard times.
The little things we do & say to encourage others have a big impact in the heart & spirit of those being encouraged!
Encouragement uplifts in the moment but it also contributes longer term to people’s ongoing relationship with Jesus.
That is why it is so important that we give & receive encouragement in the body of Christ.
We are a people that follow Christ & seek to comfort, admonish & strengthen those fellow believers they are walking alongside.
Encouragement & edification therefore play an important part in our lives being constructed & founded upon Christ.
Edification, encouragement, comfort & affirmation are the different bricks that contribute to the building taking shape.
We are to contribute into one another’s lives but it is God that will bring & shape the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6-7). Hallelujah!!!
Let us therefore keep building in one another’s lives to the glory of God.
Speaking the Life, love & light of the Lord unto all.
- Reflect on the differing ways that you have received encouragement?
- In what ways has God released encouragement through you?
- Meditate on the part we play in building into one another’s lives.
An Encouraging Song:
Thank you for the potential & power of encouragement & edification.
May we be a people who are characterised by our encouraging words & actions.
Holy Spirit equip & empower us to be encouragers of others,
Teach us to build with wisdom & skill.
This we ask in, & through, the mighty Name of Jesus.
Written by Gareth Jones