When you tell someone how much you enjoy working with them or that you think their class was great, it uplifts and makes them feel special. It’s something that you can do every day, and it will help you build relationships. People won’t ever know what you think about them unless you say it. Too often we assume others already know what we love and appreciate about them, and we neglect to speak the words that would nourish their soul.
But do you know that you can make a spiritual deposit of encouragement in someone’s life that takes them to a whole new level? The Scripture says, “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…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, 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 encouragement the environment of your home, 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.
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 you can 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.