[Steve Myers] Have you ever wondered if you should give someone an encouraging word? Absolutely. The Bible teaches that we all need encouragement. We all need to be built up. We all need to be uplifted, and we each have an opportunity probably every single day to encourage someone else.
The American author Mark Twain once said, "I can live two months on one good compliment." That's a good example.
In fact, there's an amazing example in the book of Acts about how much encouragement can really make a difference. Here's what it says in Acts:15:30So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle:, let's look at that. Acts:15:30So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle:, here's what it says, it says, "They were sent off," talking about the disciples. They came to Antioch. Guess what happened in Antioch? It says they had gathered a multitude together and it says when they had read this letter that they delivered, they rejoiced over its encouragement. Even a letter can bring someone up and change your perspective, give you a different point of view to really have a positive outlook.
Can you have that kind of impact on someone? The Bible says you can. Don't think just because you give someone a compliment, you encourage someone that that's just going to cause them to get a big head because that doesn't have to be the case. We all need encouragement. And in one way or another we have an opportunity to do that. In fact someone once told me, "How can you decide if someone needs some encouragement?" They said, "Check out to see if they're breathing. And if they are, they need encouragement." So I think the point is we all need encouragement. In fact if you keep reading there in the book of Acts, verse 32 it says, "Judas and Silas who were also prophets said many things to encourage the believers, the brethren, and make them stronger" (Acts:15:32And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.).
How powerful is the impact of just a few words of encouragement? Boy, almost more than you could imagine. So let's make sure we take that opportunity to really encourage someone today.
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