The power of an encouraging word

1 Thessalonians 5:11 tells us: “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
We all crave encouragement and affirmation. One well-timed encouraging word could not only positively change the course of someone’s day – it could change the course of their life! Talk about power! But, we often struggle to give those kinds of words to others.
Why?
Well, let’s think about it in terms of a bank account. Before you are able to write a check, you must have enough money in your account to cover the amount of the check. If your bank account is dangerously close to a zero balance, you’d better not write a check!
In the same way, encouraging others is like writing a check. If our internal ‘bank account’ if full, we find it easy to encourage others. If, on the other hand, we are internally bankrupt and struggle with our worth and identity, it will be almost impossible to find it within us to give others the affirmation they would love to hear.
If we find it hard to encourage others, we’re publicly showing that we are internally bankrupt. (Let that thought sink in.)
So, do yourself and others a favor and cultivate your walk with Jesus. Allow Him to fill your internal bank account as you meditate on just how much He loves you and what He’s done to bring you into relationship with Him. Enjoy sweet fellowship with Him each day, get regular deposits into your internal bank account and write checks of encouragement to those you encounter. Who knows how God could use you to positively impact someone else!

1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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