Rom 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
How do we encourage a friend in need? How do we encourage a perfect stranger? The Apostles John, Paul and Peter penned the phrase “love one another” twelve times in the New Testament! I found this interesting, actually.
We should not have a judgmental attitude toward anyone for who are we to know that God has not placed this individual in our path just for the purpose of encouraging that dear soul? Job’s friends showed up when he had lost everything. Instead of encouraging him, they did the exact opposite!
~Job 6:27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.
This is not the kind of person we should strive to be! We must make ourselves available to encourage those that Jesus puts in our lives. For what do you know about this person, really? They could be going through financial troubles – emotional problems – loneliness – etc. How can we help someone if we are judging? Be ready to share Christ if they do not know Him. Be ready to encourage them down the paths of righteousness if they have gone astray.
Whatever you do, leave yourself out of it and let the Holy Spirit guide you to be an encouragement to someone today! What does it take?: a smile, a hug, a note card, a phone call, sharing your time, sharing yourself!