Hebrews 3:13 “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sins deceitfulness.” (NIV)

Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (NASB)

1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (ESV)

We as followers of Christ are commanded to encourage one another and build one another up. Many of us know these commands, they aren’t unfamiliar verses at all. Yet are we actually encouraging one another like we should? Is the church a place where people are encouraged and built up…or is it a place where they feel judged, looked down on, or unloved? Recently, God has been working on my heart, challenging me with this very thing.

As I was driving to work one morning, I began to think about a family in my church with kids in the youth group. They are the most encouraging family I have ever been around. I constantly hear them encouraging one another when I’m around them, and even on Facebook I regularly see them leaving encouraging comments on each others page. As I was thinking them and how encouraging they are, I wondered why I and more of us in the church are not the same way. Let’s be honest, it’s not like we couldn’t use more encouragement in our lives.

It time we as the church started doing a better job of obeying the commands given in scripture to encourage one another.

I challenge everyone who reads this blog to take the next 7 days and be very purposeful when it comes to encouraging and building up. Be purposeful in this even to the point of going out of your way to encourage and build up others. Set a goal of how many people a day you want to encourage and build up.

We know we are supposed to encourage and build up, so lets actually do it…because if we don’t then we are actually sinning: James 4:17 “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”