Be an EncouragerBro. David Chancellor
2/4/2007 11:00 AM
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured. As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
God is an essential piece, but there is also a part we play as individuals to help each other. There are things we provide to each other. We can either be a help or a hindrance. You can sharpen or dull by what you do. The effect of our words and actions can influence the work. You can, by your words and actions, help others to be more effective. If you’re discouraged, the message won’t draw people in. If we discourage each other, then we won’t be effective. If we go out encouraged, then others will be drawn to that.
God’s people love each other. If you love people, then you want good to happen to them and for them to be built up in the things of God. God intends for everyone to be an encourager. Be careful not to give "complimentary putdowns" when you try to encourage.
My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death; Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure. O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place. Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.
This shows the effect Job’s comforters had on him. We don’t want to inspire this kind of prayer. Job needed grace for the next round of discouragement. They added to his burden and concern. If you get some of that, take it to God like Job did. Be careful not to be the cause of this kind of prayer. We want to inspire hope and courage. We don’t need to try each other’s grace; there are plenty of things in the world that will do so. We can increase the effect of the message if we will help each other.
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
There are things we want to stir up, but anger isn’t it. God isn’t in us going out to stir people up to anger. We want to engage people to sow good seed. Anger gets in the way of sowing good seed. We want to turn away wrath.
We could use knowledge to stir things up, or we could use it to make life better. We want to help people. We want them to find life. Be careful what you say. It wears on people to see things said and done that hurt. We have to rise above it and go on. We have to keep doing what is right. We want to be built up in the spirit and in the things of God.
In many cases, people are the worst to those they should care about the most. We don’t want this to be true of us. We want to treat people well, and especially those who are closest to us. Wherever you’re at, wholesome and good things should follow. This is important if the work of God would prosper.
The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly. The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
We want pleasant words. We want words that are profitable even in an evil and depraved world. We can look to be a help to others.
Learning doesn’t have to be done by getting in people’s faces. It’s easier to learn from someone who wants to help. All the learning needs to teach you what to say and when. Wisdom needs to regulate your words. Learn to say what is profitable instead of spouting off.
The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
We don’t want to see people faint and grow weary. We need to learn how to speak encouragement to the weary. What are we doing to help the discouraged to keep standing? Berating the discouraged won’t help them to get strong. We want to help lift people up. Be able to be an encouragement. We want to have a message for the weary. Let God speak in your ear. Let him give you what to say. We want to help people stand for God as well as reaching out to others.
2 Corinthians 7:12-16
Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you. Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all. For if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth. And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him. I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.
We want people to know that we care. It helps people when they realize that someone cares. The message that needs to come through is that we care. We can help to refresh each other’s spirit.
When we invite people to church, we make a boast. We ask them to come and meet some good people. We want to have confidence in everyone that the boast will prove true. Most of all, we want them to realize that God is here and he has the same thing for them. We want to be a source of strength and help to each other. As we help each other, it will benefit our outreach and make it more effective. We can increase our effectiveness if we’ll work to be a blessing to each other.