Today’s devotional: encourage somebody today!

There’s nothing quite so uplifting as receiving an unexpected compliment or a kind word in the midst of a hectic day. And on the flip side, we’ve all had a day ruined by a careless or cruel remark. Words have tremendous power to encourage or to hurt. That’s the message of this devotional from Daily Encounter, which challenges us to offer encouragement to someone today:

Every one of us—young and old alike—needs encouragement. To encourage someone is to put courage into them. To discourage is to take courage out of them. It costs nothing to put courage into another… to speak a kind word… to let them know you appreciate them… to tell them you believe in them… that you admire them… to thank them and so on.

So, today, make a point of putting courage into your spouse… your children… your boss… your employees… and the clerk at the local store. Go out of your way to do it. And in blessing others you will be blessed yourself.

Read the full devotional at Acts International.

Offering encouragement is one of the simplest but most effective ways you can reflect Christ’s love to others. Take a look around you, whether you’re sitting in an office cubicle, your living room, or an airport terminal. Who do you see who could use an encouraging word? Why not take a moment to say something kind?

6 Responses to “Today’s devotional: encourage somebody today!”

  • pako? says:

    it works… when you do it you are the most encouraged in the process

  • Caitlin says:

    This is so true. The tongue is a little member but what amazing and terrible things it can accomplish. Encouragement or discouragement is in the power of the tongue. Surrender your tongue to God and be prepared to be amazed!

  • Sam says:

    I’ve learned to be encouraging to young parents, while out shopping, remind them; how precious children are, and, how quickly they grow up, and away. As a grandfather of five, my words seem to soak in easier. Its far too easy to lose sight of the real goals of child raising! Parents of the young child need our help, only a few kind words. Often exhausted,
    seldom praised, God’s number one priority, being right with the young!
    The very way to improve the world, improve our young, give them a balanced home life, body, mind, and spirit, in harmony, with God’s will.

  • Mpho says:

    It works only if u mean what u are saying , we dont have to pretend with others… Gods will is for us to love eachother dispite our differences, and if u encourahe one another taking the word from the heart u are doing the fathers will

  • Dave says:

    I’m a 55 year old married Man with 5 children and 7 grandchildren..

    I see such a sad world at times where people look so down and hurt..
    They don’t have that Joy and Peace in their lives.. You can see it..
    They have been so hurt and made to feel unworthy of love, much less God’s love that brings that internal peace.. I always try and take the opportunity to talk with others I come in contact with. Sometimes at the Coffee House or a waiter/waitress or store clerk or just the guy in line. If we can give one of them an encouraging word?? It could make a complete change in the way they look at life.Maybe at least at that time. I consider it a priviledge to share God’s Love with others by saying Hi and your going to be O.K…

    We have to remember this life is about “The Furtherance Of GOD’S KINGDOM”,, Not our own. But it sure is Great to participate in it. To see someone smile and begin that healing process.. That Hope is there.. That despair doesn’t have to rule their day..

    We only have a sliver of information about someone. A moment of time.. You can’t understand the entire situation and make everything wonderful.

    But, we can say Hi How are You?? Then let God Do the Rest!!!

    I just love the Joy that brings and, especially the Honor it brings to our Lord through His Son Jesus!!!

    Lord Bless You All!! Go with God and may he give you that kind word and love for others..

  • Tara says:

    Father help me to watch my tongue, to speak in love and encouragement in all I do and say…