As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

Do you have any “irons” in your life who can help sharpen & encourage you?

Without someone standing beside us, coaching us, it’s easy to lose track of what’s really important in our life. When the odds are against you, encouragement provides hope, and hope can become your greatest strength. 

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

The Bible instructs us to encourage one another to overcome trials and tribulations and to build each other up. We are all given gifts to use for God’s glory, but on our own, we may never reach our potential or find our purposes. We have a wonderful opportunity to encourage everyone we meet. In fact, encouragement is becoming the new norm in today’s society. For example, managers have learned that gentle guidance and encouragement yield much higher productivity than harsh criticism and heavy consequences. In using positivity and encouragement, managers can promote efficiency, improve morale, and inspire loyalty. 

Encouraging one another in faith is similar. When we choose to lift each other up and focus on building strengths, we can all benefit from the results. 

Strive to be the kind of friend that helps others become more like Christ by: 

Positivity: Framing everything you say in a positive light can be as effective as effusive compliments. Focus on trying to lift people up when you speak with them. 

Proactivity: If you notice someone struggling, offer to help instead of ignoring the situation. Encouragement can be felt as much as it can be heard, and an act of assistance can go a long way.

Prayer: Have you ever had someone offer to pray with you or for you during a difficult time? The encouragement that comes from prayer can be powerful and encouraging for people you know as well as strangers who come into your life.

“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:8-10

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