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Connecting Skills - 7. The Art of Encouragement

Encourage Jesus was a great encourager. He was always lifting people up and inspiring them towards God’s purpose for their lives. We see this in the Gospels but also in the book of Acts where Jesus appears to Paul in a dream or vision a number of times to encourage him during times of pressure and difficulty.

Most of your best friends are those who encourage you. You don't have many strong relationships with those who pull you down. You avoid these people and seek out those who believe in you and lift you up.

Everyone needs and responds to encouragement. People do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism. Encouragement brings out the best in people. The way to truly motivate and develop people is through encouragement and through believing in them. People tend to become what the most important people in their lives think they will become.

Encouragement helps us rise above difficult situations. Words of encouragement have great power. Trouble and trial don't destroy people, only the lack of care and encouragement during those times. When it is there, it gives us the energy to go through.

Here is what the author of the book of Hebrews says ...

Heb.10:24-25. Make opportunities to encourage others by meeting together, consider ways in which you can encourage and continue doing it.

Who can you encourage today?


So beautiful and true.
The reason why this is the one and only site I bookmarked and linked from my own blog is because I feel encouraged every time I visit here. Especially in time like this.

Thank you for this word. The person I would most like to encourage today, is a former Bible School Dean, Robert Stricker Sr. Alas, we have lost contact with him.
Is there anyway, with your contacts, you could help us to find him? He was the Dean of the Bible School in Portland, when your dad was there.
Thank you!
Susan Brooks

Hi Susan

Good to hear from you.

Yes, I remember Bob Stricker but haven't heard of his whereabouts in years. Might be good to contact Portland Bible College and speak to someone who's been there a while, such as Ken Malmin.

All the best!

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