“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1Thessalonians 5:11
We all need encouragement, not always but a certain point in our lives. Some people need intense encouragement to jolt them out of depression; while others, just a little push here and there. The basic idea is to transfer or lend energy to get another person going or to infuse courage to another person, especially when that person is afraid, too weak, or simply lost the courage to go on.
There are days when its difficult to understand what’s going on around us; at other times, we cannot make sense of what’s happening in our own lives. There are times when we felt unloved, unaccepted, unworthy, or doubtful. And many times we wake up in the morning and felt like giving up.
If we look at John 16:33, Jesus did not hold back in warning the disciples what was to come: troubles, difficulties and frustrations. But with this warning, He also gave them hope by telling them that He has overcome the world. Now, the implication is tremendous because it means that God is greater, God is stronger, and God is bigger than any trouble we will ever face in this world!
So, how do we encourage one another? First, encourage one another to remain faithful to God. A lot of people think that they need to become stronger first to enable them to become faithful to the Lord. Well, it does not work that way. You need to be faithful first and then you will be strengthened in the faith.
Second, encourage somebody even though he or she exerted a minimal effort. Big things start from small ones, so it could be that a small acknowledgment will motivate the other person to exert more effort next time.
Third, instead of finding fault with the other person, try finding something good and right that he or she did. By reinforcing the positive behavior, you are actually cultivating and allowing that positive behavior to grow and develop.
Fourth, find ways to show or demonstrate your appreciation to others. A small note or a pat on the shoulder or a sincere remark that he or she did a great job, would certainly make a positive impact and leave a sense of good feeling to the other person.
Finally, remind others the good things about themselves: their traits, attitude, or behavior. The more you help the other person believe in himself or herself, the more that he or she will become confident and productive. By shifting the focus from noticing the negative things to the positive things, you are already becoming a blessing and an encouragement to others.