Encouragers

“So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the soldering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.” Isaiah 41:7 King James Version

Jesus wants us to encourage people, not discourage them by our critical and unkind words. When I was a child, my Mother used to say to me “If you don’t have anything good to say, keep your big mouth shut.” I think that we would do well to follow her advice. We read in the Bible “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8).

One of my pastors said in a sermon “If you will concentrate on keeping your own heart right before God, you won’t have the time to criticize and judge someone else because there are times that you will need to ask God to forgive you several times a day.” I think all of us, including myself; have been guilty of saying unkind things to people and judging them.

The Bible instructs us to “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6: 37, 38).

The Bible also tell us “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4: 12).

How dare we think that we know the thoughts and intents in a person’s heart? We are at times an arrogant people. Only Jesus can see into our hearts and only Jesus can see the scars of unkind words that have been said to us. Instead of discouraging people, let’s become encouragers to everyone that we meet. It is impossible to spread the unconditional love of Jesus to people if we judge them and say unkind words to them.

We must stop judging people. Instead of discouraging people and judging them, we need to start loving them unconditionally and encourage them. Remember, we hurt Jesus when we judge people and when we say unkind words to them even if we think that they are helpful words.

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40). When we say something unkind to someone, we are saying it to Jesus. May God forgive us for saying unkind words to Jesus!

JoanneCopyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.
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