Encourage: to put courage into
Hebrews 10:25 NLT
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
Hebrews 3:12-13 NCV
So brothers and sisters, be careful that none of you has an evil,
unbelieving heart that will turn you away from the living God. But
encourage each other every day while it is “today.” Help each other
so none of you will become hardened because sin has tricked you.
Proverbs 25:11 AMP
Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken at the right
How to Become a Person of Authentic Encouragement:
- Realize that our human nature will always default to focus on the
NEGATIVE rather than the POSITIVE.
Ephesians 4:31-32 NLT
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as
well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has
- Challenge yourself to pray SPECIFICALLY AND OFTEN for the
Lord to make you an INTENTIONAL, CONSISTENT VOICE of
Isaiah 35:3-4 AMP
Encourage the exhausted, and make staggering knees firm. Say to
those with an anxious and panic-stricken heart, “Be strong, fear not!”
Proverbs 15:4 AMP
A soothing tongue [speaking words that build up and encourage] is a
tree of life, but a perversive tongue [speaking words that overwhelm
and depress] crushes the spirit.
- Channel the power of your influence to build up rather than to tear
Ephesians 4:29 NLT
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good
and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those
who hear them.
Ephesians 4:29 GNT
Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build
up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to
those who hear you.
1 Samuel 30:6 KJV
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning
him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for
his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the
Lord his God.
As the day of your return is drawing near, Lord, we will not neglect to
encourage one another. Rather, we will make it our focus. It is time
for us to get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words and
slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, we commit to be
kind to one another, tenderhearted and forgiving one another just as
You have forgiven us. We choose to speak and post words that build
others up as opposed to tearing them down. Let us not be found
guilty of crushing or wounding the spirit of another person. Let what
we say become a tree of life regarding our families, our neighbors,
our leaders and even our enemies. In our darkest moments, we will
also remember who You are, and — like David — say, “Bring me the
Ephod,” as a declaration of the power of your great name!