We may be natural at encouraging others or we may struggle to find ways to give others a boost. Either way, encouraging others is part of our calling as followers of Jesus. In 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ~ Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing
What I love about encouragement is that God can use our efforts to spur others on monumentally and THAT is thrilling to be a part of. When you look around, you can see the deep need of encouragement our world is depleted of. Be the light to those around you!
This world is in great need of people that encourage one another. Encouragement can be a small gesture with a huge impact. Are you looking for creative ways to encourage others?
1. Has simple has smiling.
Something as simple as smiling is a great way to encourage others. We have so much to celebrate, share it through your smile. It’s contagious and is more powerful that we realize.
2. Pick up the phone.
Make the call to your friend, or family member, or whomever has been on your heart and let them know. Don’t let another day go by without letting them know you care and are there for them.
3. Give quality time
Time is a precious commodity these days. Therefore, we really have to be intentional with how we use it so we don’t fly through our days without noticing those around us.
With someone needing encouragement, your presence can be exactly what they need to encourage their spirit. It could be a solid 5 minutes of undivided attention, or it could be an afternoon.
Whatever the quantity, quality time can be so impactful for encouraging others. I’ve often joked that 10 minutes of quality time can boost me for a week! It makes such a difference.
Bring encouragement to others by giving them quality time.
4. Speak life-affirming word
How to encourage someone with words? Speak life-affirming words of truth to them! Encourage them with the hope you hold on to.
Remind them that they are not struggling alone and God is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever imagine. Ephesians 3:20
Below are some bible verses of words of encouragement.
Words to Encourage Others With Truth
- I live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 12:7
- Because I place my hope in God, I can soar like and eagle, run and not grow weary, walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
- God is my refuge and strength…always ready to help me in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1
- God gives me strength when I am weary and increases my power when I am weak. Isaiah 40:29
- When I call out to God, He answers me. Jeremiah 33:3
- My God meets all my needs. Philippians 4:19
Beyond scripture, what do you say to encourage someone? Sometimes the most impactful words of encouragement you can share with someone is that you’re there for them. Tell them you love them. Remind them that you care and they’re not going through this alone.
I struggled on the right words to express to a friend that was grieving the loss of a family member. What scripture should I use? What are the right words to try to bring encouragement to her life?
I told her I had no idea what to say but I loved her and I was carrying her pain in my heart. She told me out of all the sympathy cards and well-wishes she received, it meant the most to be told she was loved. She said, “Frankly, there were no right words. My broken heart needed love.” I’ll never forget that lesson.
5. Send seeds.
Flowers are wonderful to receive but can be so expensive. Send seeds instead – especially to the gardener or person in your life with a green thumb!
New life comes from the seeds and seeing a beautiful flower sprout is the essence of what God offers us: live. Share seeds with those that need encouragement – they fit perfectly in a card and envelope to be mailed.