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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Hold That Encouragement In

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Hold That Encouragement InSo there I was... Scrolling Facebook early this morning. A man I greatly respect shared a few words about a man who had impacted him as well as many, many others. The thought that came to his mind when he reflected on this man who had impacted him so greatly was this:

"...when he had a prompting or urging to say a good word or do a good deed, he acted on it. There are many times when I think about saying an encouraging word or doing a deed of generosity and don't." - David Roadcup
You may gather that with the tense he was using, the man he was referring to had recently passed from this life to the next. He is now in Paradise with Jesus.

So there I was reading David's status update about Wayne Smith, a well-known pastor who led Southland Christian Church in Lexington Kentucky for four decades, being reminded of something I was already planning on writing about in the near future...

You see, I keep a running list of writing topics and the one that was at the top of my list was the essence of what David shared about Wayne. Out of all the things David could have remembered Wayne by, it was this one that stood above the others. The saying goes, "people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care," and it's clear that this man, Wayne Smith, cared for people a great deal (and they knew it). And they knew it. Yes. They knew it.

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Hold That Encouragement In

1. Encouragement held in is useless. How often do you think positively about another person and leave it there - as a thought? We all do it - even the most encouraging of us do it. But I know you can attest to how much it is appreciated for you when someone offers you some kind of encouragement. When someone goes out of their way to tell you how much they appreciate you it leaves a positive mark on you, doesn't it? Of course it does.[bctt tweet="Encouragement held in is useless." username="The__Crossing"]

2. Encouragement given is life-giving. There have been many times that I have been in some sort of funk and then someone offers some encouragement to me and it changes everything in that moment. Sure, we all would love to say (and live like) other people's opinions don't matter, but if we were all honest, we would be in the same boat - them things matter. I know many people who keep a file of encouraging notes they have received from people. When they get discouraged, they can go back to those notes and be given some new life in that moment. Maybe you should consider not only doing this very same thing, but also sending one of those notes to someone so they can put it in their file.[bctt tweet="Encouragement given is life-giving." username="The__Crossing"]

3. Encouragement is a biblical command. The Christian life is not one of isolation, but one of community. In fact, being in community with other believers is one way to take your faith to the next level. It is within that context - community - that the letters the apostle Paul wrote to churches were received and read. In one of those letters, he says these words:

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. - 1 Thessalonians 5 [emphasis mine]
Because of our hope, we are to encourage one another, building each other up. We have something great to look forward to. Therefore, we can live this life with courage. Sure, we'll fail, but if we're in community, we'll be able to receive encouragement from others. So if you are a Christ follower, you have a mandate to encourage others.[bctt tweet="If you are a Christ follower, you have a mandate to encourage others." username="The__Crossing"]

So will you?

Will you begin to let that encouragement go? You know, just let it go!

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