“So speak encouraging WORDS to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Most of us have vivid memories from school when teams where selected for sporting events? Team captains would pick the strongest and most capable whilst the weakest were left until last. One of the greatest fears was being left out, the last one picked or not even being allowed to participate in the event.
Today’s verse reminds us how God wants to change all that. Our verse says that no one is to be left out & no one is to be left behind. It doesn’t matter if they’re weak, fearful or seemingly incapable. They are on the journey with us. We are all meant to move constantly forward together and we don’t stop… ever. We are to build each other up always.
We should be consistently speaking encouraging WORDS that build hope in each other. As we do this we all move forward as one. WORDS cost us absolutely nothing but each one can change a person’s life forever. Each WORD we speak produces eternally impacting results. Proverbs 18:21 reminds us that death and life are in the power of our tongue and James teaches us to tame our tongues [James 3]. The WORDS we speak are meant to enable other people to grow. They allow others to be encouraged. They allow others to flourish.
This week let’s work on our WORDS. Let’s use our WORDS to build up and include others in our journey. Once we start this… let’s not stop. Let’s keep on doing it consistently. This creates zeal & enthusiasm in our world and zeal & enthusiasm are contagious. It fills people with future, hope and unity. Why not speak WORDS of encouragement to others this week!