Encouragement should flow from our lips. Words that build others up, warm their hearts, and brighten their day. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11. However, often it’s not encouragement that falls from our lips, rather it is words that stem from our human nature (sin condition…selfishness…pride).
Jealousy creeps in like the morning fog–silent but deadly. Oh, we wish it weren’t so, but truth be told it is.
We compare ourselves and become discouraged. We know we shouldn’t but somehow we can’t seem to resist.
Our rights have been infringed upon or so we feel. After all doesn’t the American culture scream it’s my right… ?
We become angry and all thoughts of encouragement fall away as unkind…hurtful…words fall from our lips like raindrops on a stormy day, fast and furious without thought to the damage they may inflict.
How do we escape it–this stronghold that we are constantly fighting against? All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23. We must go low, humbling ourselves before God. He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30. It’s a constant emptying ourselves and saying not my will but yours Lord.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10. May this verse bring encouragement to your hearts.