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Depositors of Encouragement
By Victoria Osteen - May 04, 2021
Don’t you love it when someone says you look great in your outfit or the dinner you prepared was so good? It’s uplifting to be encouraged, and I strongly recommend that you give others lots of encouragement. People won’t ever know what you think unless you say it. Too often we assume they already know what we think about them, and we neglect to speak the words that would be so sweet to their soul.

Can I tell you that you can make a spiritual deposit of encouragement in someone’s life that takes their life to a whole new level? The Scripture says, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…encouraging one another” (Hebrews 10:24–25). When we love and encourage one another with the sincere love of God, we’re allowing God to extend His grace through us. We’re saying, “God, I want You to use me to bless that person.” That’s when you take a whole new perspective on how you are encouraging people and making deep spiritual deposits into their lives.

One of the best places you can be an encourager is in your own home. If you make your home an environment of encouragement, you’ll see peace and blessings dwell in your home like you’ve never expected. When husbands and wives intentionally encourage each other, they see their entire family go to a whole new level. But you must be intentional, full of purpose, and sincere with your encouragement. That’s what it means to “consider how” to encourage.

Remember that the writer of Hebrews also said, “Encourage one another daily, while it’s still today” (Hebrews 3:13). There’s an urgency to this encouragement because he adds, “So that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” That’s a serious word. We must make spiritual deposits of encouragement in one another’s lives so we stay true to loving God on our journey of faith. You have no idea how significantly your encouragement can impact the direction of someone’s life. If you’ve ever encouraged someone and walked away feeling encouraged yourself, that’s the way our God is. He wants to fill you with all joy and peace so that you may overflow to others with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. When you encourage others, you have a pipeline to Him. You and I can have a whole new life if we begin to be the depositors of encouragement and reflect and extend the glory of God. Turn on your encourager’s heart and let it flow, and you’ll find that the blessings of God will chase you down and overtake you.
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