Part 3 of the “Stay Positive” message series
The BIG Idea
We live in a chronically negative world. It is amazing how we are able to go through a “normal day” and yet experience so many different voices of discouragement in our own lives. Followers of Jesus are called to be encouragers. We are to build others up in a world that is constantly tearing people down.
- Our God is an Encourager.
For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. But God, Who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus. – II Corinthians 7:5-6 (NASB)
Four “Spiritual Disciplines” We May Choose To Do:
- Encourage others daily.
But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. – Hebrews 3:13 (NASB)
24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. - Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT)
- Encourage others spiritually.
10 One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you. 11 For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord. 12 When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. - Romans 1:10-12 (NLT)
- Encourage yourself in the Lord.
. . . but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. – I Samuel 30:6 (KJV)
- Encourage others publicly.
We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. - 1 Thessalonians 3:2-3 (NLT)
Questions for Reflection
Have you ever given or received a not-so-encouraging word from someone in response to a new outfit, haircut, or musical taste?
What happened the last time someone encouraged you?
Have you ever felt prompted to encourage someone? How did that turn out for you and for them?
Who do you know who is great at encouraging people? How do they go about it?
Which of today’s four points is the most difficult for you to do?
*Strive to encourage at least one person this week, even if it is a short conversation, text, or note.