When we build others up we are doing more than lifting their spirits for the moment. Encouragement helps people persevere through life’s many challenges. Ironically, encouraging other people satisfies the encourager too.
Life has beaten and bogged down many of the people we rub shoulders with every day. Most don’t need to be told what they should do. They need to be built up so they can do what they already want to do.Do you know someone who could use some building up? Click To TweetThis “talk-tool” can give you some tracks to run on. Spirit-led words bring life and rejuvenation.
1. Commend their admirable character qualities.
Point out a character quality you admire or a virtue that reflects their God-given value and dignity. For example, “I admire your resilience in spite of being betrayed by your business partner.Hearing the truth about good qualities reinforces our belief that we are valuable to God and others. We might have been dinged, but our worth wasn’t destroyed.
2. Celebrate the personality traits you appreciate.
Perhaps you’ve noticed how well they interact with people. “You have a warmth with others that makes people feel special. I noticed how you listened to the cashier as she went on about her troubles.” To be reminded we have qualities that benefit others resurrects the truth that we can bless others and live a life that is bigger than us.
3. Compliment their attractive attributes.
Our world is there to make us feel insufficient. We need compliments. “How did you stay so poised during that heated discussion?” “That’s your color!”There is a saying, “You won’t lead a Calvary charge unless you think you look good on a horse.” We are all created in the image of God, and we all have distinct features that are attractive (1 Cor. 3:16; Gen 1:26; Ps. 139:14-15).
This “talk-tool” isn’t for flattering. It’s a way to mirror truth regarding God’s dealings with us (Phil 1:6).
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