“Therefore, encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.”
That verse is one I memorized at a young age. I remember being in Upward basketball and memorizing the verse because it was on one of the CDs they gave us. How can we encourage each other?
I know some girls who like to be complimented on a facial feature or their hair. Some of my friends like to be complimented on their clothes or their makeup. But those little compliments aren’t what Scripture is talking about when it says to build people up.
In context, we can see that this verse is telling us to encourage people in their spiritual walks. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 says:
“Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing”
The scriptures say that we are supposed to be set apart from darkness, and that we’re supposed to act differently. When times are hard and we are overwhelmed in our walks with Christ, and when it’s hard to act differently then the world around us, we are supposed to encourage each other to live like Christians are called to live.
Furthermore, the passage goes on to say that we should appreciate the people and highly respect the people who “have charge over” us in the Lord.
So we know that Jesus came to save us, and we know that Jesus came to testify to the Truth, right? Check this out:
“For I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts;”
Jesus came to save us and to testify to the Truth and that’s encouragement. That’s what we’re supposed to do. We testify to the Truth and help each other in our walks so that we can grow closer to God. We are supposed to try to look like Christ and we are supposed to encourage others when they’re trying to do that, and that’s how we encourage each other.