This world would be so different if we would all learn to encourage others as well as ourselves. Encouragement is the key in accomplishing tasks, winning a game, building self-esteem, and so many other things. Without encouragement, this world would be a negative place to exist. The dictionary defines encouragement as: “The act of inspiring others with renewed courage, spirit or hope.” The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.”
Discouragement keeps us from being encouraged. It is not from God, yet we are not immune from it. Many times we speak discouragement when we make negative comments or are critical of others. We also receive discouragement from others’ negative comments and from negative situations around us. It can dampen our spirit and discourage us to the point of giving up. When we face difficult situations in life and people come around to encourage us and stand with us on God’s Word, with positive thoughts and actions, they are helping us to rise above the situation and overcome whatever has tried to discourage and destroy us.
The Book of Job tells of a good example of a man that could have been discouraged by his friends, but he chose to rely on the Word of God. His friends were not on his side, but God was and that was enough to change his discouragement into encouragement instead.
The same holds true for us. God has set the victory before us. It is up to us to encourage ourselves and to encourage others to obtain victory. In Philippians 4:13 we find that the Apostle Paul encouraged himself during difficult times when he said, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” God is the only one that can help us when there isn’t anyone else to encourage us and when we rely on Him, we are sure to have the victory.