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Who Are You Encouraging Today?
By Victoria Osteen - Sep 20, 2022
I think we all love it when someone tells us how much they enjoy working with us or that they think we look great in an outfit. It's uplifting to be encouraged in these general ways, and I hope you get good at making others feel special every day. 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.

But did you know that you can give encouragement to others 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.

Notice that the writer of Hebrews has more to say about the power of encouragement. He says, "Encourage one another daily, while it is still called today" (Hebrews 3:13). There's an urgency to our encouragement because he says, "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.

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 imagined. 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.

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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