If we are called and commanded to encourage one another why do so many opt for the latter rather than the former? It doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are encouragement is no different than oxygen; we all need it. The late S. Truett Cathy, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, and founder of Chick-Fil-A said, “How do you know if someone needs encouragement? If they are breathing!” The Message paraphrased I Thessalonians 5:15, “Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.” Encouragement makes it easier to live in our fallen world, it makes it easier to love Jesus (John 13:34-35), it helps us through difficult times, it nurtures patience, and it makes it easier to live the Christian life.
Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”