A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 NIV
A good word spoken at a critical moment can make a difference in someone’s life. The bible says our words carry the power of life and death. With our tongues we can bless and curse. God can do great and mighty things when He speaks into a person’s life.
People who have the gift of encouragement are blessed. Encouragement is greatly needed in the Body of Christ. You do not need to have that gift to speak encouraging words. You can encourage someone who desperately needs encouragement today!
My job as a substance abuse counselor in a state prison was not what you might expect. I did teach substance abuse education. I counseled inmates. Many of the men I worked with were mandated to attend the program. Most of them wanted nothing to do with it.
Some days I spent more time trying to get them to focus up than I did teaching. One inmate gave me a hard time day after day. The Lord showed me he was raised in a Christian home. His mother prayed for him faithfully every day.
I asked him if he was raised in a Christian home. His face broke out into a big smile. His behavior changed dramatically. Instead of cross talking with the other inmates he started participating. He even stood up and read a poem he wrote.
I did not hear the Lord’s voice that morning. The earth did not shake. Lightning did not flash from the sky. I was not visited by an angel who told me to speak to the man. God spoke to me through my thoughts. There was room for doubt and uncertainty.
I was uncomfortable speaking to a reputed gang leader. I did not step out in faith because I am bold and courageous. Not because I am a spiritual superhero or halo head. I did it because I have learned that sometimes my thoughts are not my own.
I stepped out in faith because I serve a mighty God who is calling me to join Him in His ministry!
Jesus wants to encourage you today. Jesus wants you to join Him in ministry today. Jesus is calling you to step out in faith and encourage the people around you. Jesus wants you to encourage people with His love!
Sometimes we need to say difficult things to people. When we confront rebuke and correct people we can do it in a way that encourages and does not crush the spirit.
I love you enough to step out in faith and declare the Word of God to you today.
Jesus loves you enough to encourage you with His love every day!
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