Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Encourage Defined {Wendnesday's Words}

Welcome to Wednesday's Words, ladies!

Today's Topic:
What has God taught you about encouraging others in the blog world/real world?


So...what does encourage mean? What does it look like? Who does it? Why do we do it?

There are so many questions we can ask about this idea of encouraging, but when we look really deep, when we examine it's intent, we are brought straight to the feet of the gospel.

When we look at encourage defined, we see the phrases "give hope to," "support someone so that they will do or continue to do," "help or stimulate." As we compare those attributes with the bible, we see that throughout scripture Matthew, Paul, & even Jesus himself encouraged others.

The author of Hebrews (unknown, but speculated to be Paul) wrote these words to the Hebrews:

"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."   Hebrews 10:24-25

We can see that we are to consider - think on - how to "stir up one another to love & good works." That as a Chrisitian, it's a command to think about others and how we can bring them good. My favorite part about the scripture above is also that second command: "not neglecting to meet together." If that's not the definition of community, I don't know what is! This world is crazy & downright scary. It's our role as christian brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues, to meet together, to encourage others, & to bring glory to God all the days of our life.


So what does encouraging one another look like?




Just like in 1 Thessalonians, encouraging one another means to build up each other, to push one another to love & good deeds, to spur one another on in love. Encouraging each other can come in a number of ways. Handwritten notes, an email, a coffee date, volunteering together, reading The Word together, and simply praying for each other are all small examples of how we can encourage each other in our daily lives.

Part of today's question was how God has used the online world to encourage. To be honest, I am encouraged daily by the women I encounter through Twitter, Instagram, or blogs. The words of my sweet friends are real, true, & inspiring. I know I talk a lot about how I adore this community, but I honestly can't get enough of it! God has placed us in each other's paths for a reason & I am so thankful for that!

So...how will you build someone up today? Will you clear some space to consider how to love on your husband, friend, or coworker in a way that would push them to Jesus?


Thanks for joining us today & I can't wait to learn more about what encouragement looks like to you!


Frankly my dear...be an encouragement today!

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5 comments :

  1. This is great. We all need encourage others by texts, or a call. I think it means so much to people when they know you care. But I know even though I love the words of others the best place to sit is at the foot of the cross.

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  2. What a great post. Thanks for those biblical reminders about encouragment!! Xo

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  3. <3 This is beautiful! I love how much the blogging community encourages one another! :-)

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  4. I love this post. We need to encourage one another.

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