Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. (Ephesians 4:29)
The other morning, I read a Facebook status update from a woman I went to middle school with. She and I don’t speak on a regular basis, but what she has been posting lately has been inspirational for me. So, I took a moment just to say, “You inspire me, girl! Keep spreading the Gospel!” She responded saying that she needed that encouragement and, “You have no idea how much it encouraged and inspired me when you shared your blog series with me. It gave me a boost and more confirmation to be free of my identity crisis. God is using you! I pray that we both continue to be a willing vessel and just trust him because he could never lead us the wrong way! Be blessed.”
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
But, all of us aren’t doing that, are we? Some of us are tearing down, insulting, and cursing each other with our words. The New Life Version of Ephesians 4:29 says,
Watch your talk! No bad words should be coming from your mouth. Say what is good. Your words should help others grow as Christians.
God has called us to see the best in one another and to pray for and encourage one another. And, it starts with you. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it (James 4:17).
For some of us who aren’t used to honoring others, it can be awkward and difficult which is normal. For some of us who refuse to honor our sister, it’s an indicator that our hearts aren’t right and that perhaps we’re unhappy with ourselves.
In the next few days, I’ll elaborate more. But, in the meantime, find one sister to encourage and/or compliment today. You’ll be glad you did!