Building People Up – Part 3
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Romans 15:1
When it comes to encouraging others, we might think we’ve nothing valuable to say or to contribute. Maybe we think our own lives aren’t all that wonderful, so how can we offer any sort of inspiration to others? But have a think about these words from an anonymous poet: ‘One song can spark a moment; one flower can wake a dream. One tree can start a forest; one bird can herald spring. One smile begins a friendship; one handclasp lifts a soul. One star can guide a ship at sea; one word can frame the goal. One vote can change a nation; one sunbeam lights a room. One candle wipes out darkness; one laugh can conquer gloom. One step can start a journey; one word can start a prayer. One hope can raise our spirits; one touch can show you care. One voice can speak with wisdom; one heart can know what’s true. One life can make a difference; you see…it’s up to you.’ Author Jon Walker says: ‘Encouragement is part of God’s nature. The New Testament word for encouragement is the same word Jesus used for the Holy Spirit who comes alongside us as an advocate…constant comforter…resident reminder…holy helper…indwelling guide… supplier of courage.’ We might not think we’ve got any great advice or earth-shattering words of wisdom to offer, but sometimes being an encourager just means drawing alongside a person who’s struggling, and being willing to listen, help and comfort them in their time of need. Sometimes it can take just one small act to make a difference, because God can work through that small act and turn it into something significant. We just need to step up and agree to be an encourager. God will help us with the rest.
Heavenly Father, help me stand with and by someone who is struggling and be a listener and encourager to them. Like You do for me each day Jesus. In Your Precious Name, Amen