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Encourage One Another
by Anna Kuta, ReligionToday.com Editor

“Therefore comfort each other and edify one another…” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

This week, our office set up an “appreciation station” – a big display box containing various notes and tokens of appreciation to give to a coworker to express thanks or encouragement. Some of the items to choose from include little button pins, stickers and magnets with various slogans like “You’re awesome” or “Great job,” plus space to write a short note. It’s only been going on for a couple days, but I’ve already seen several coworkers stocking up on the items or delivering one to a cubicle on someone else’s behalf.

Encouraging our fellow Christians is often something we overlook or forget to do in our everyday lives, but it is a theme that can be found throughout the Bible. As Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Another example can be found in 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11: “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” Or, as the NIV translation says in verse 11, “Encourage one another and build each other up.”

We all know what it’s like to go through a difficult time or simply have a bad day, and I bet most of us would agree that nothing can lift your spirit quite like a word of encouragement from a friend, family member, coworker, or even a stranger. Whenever you have a chance, take a moment to build up or edify a brother or sister in Christ.

Intersecting Faith & Life

Who can you encourage today?

Further Reading

1 Thessalonians 5

Ephesians 4:29

Proverbs 12:25

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