How do we build better relationships? One way is to be an encourager. Exxon Mobil promised their gasoline would put a tiger in your tank. Encouragement provides the tiger energy boost our friends and loved ones need. We build better relationships when we fill our friends’ tanks with encouragement.
Encouragement comes in different forms. The Bible says our words have the power to bring life. “The soothing tongue is a tree of life (Pro. 15:4 NIV). Applauding the qualities we notice in people encourages them and can promote spiritual faith. I know it gives me a boost when Debbie compliments my work or appearance.
Use Encouragement to Build Better Relationships
“I appreciate how hard you work to help out.”
“You’re a good listener. That’s a rare quality.”
The goal isn’t to flatter. We want to speak truth in order to build up the person (Ephes. 4:15-16). When we allow discomfort or distractions to interfere with offering encouragement, we miss out on opportunities to strengthen those people and our relationship with them.
Edmund Burke is attributed to having said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Just as cars need gas to go, people and relationships need encouragement to grow. Let’s take the initiative to build up others.
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- I’m experiencing new joy as I get closer to the Father.
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- Single parents are building new lives after the loss of their spouses.
- Couples are building new habits for bonding with each other and the Lord.