Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Meditation: Who doesn’t love a kind word of encouragement? There are many discouraging and frustrating things in our lives, and when someone takes the time to recognize our efforts, it feels good. We should do more encouraging.
For years, educators and students of childhood development have seen that positive reinforcement is more powerful than punishment. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” This verse relates the importance of training and discipline, and the best training is showing someone how to do something by example and helping them follow you. This is edification or building up.
The time for correction will come for all of us, but exhaust yourself first with loving examples and kind encourage-ment. Love covers a multitude of sins.
Call to Action: Encourage someone close to you today. Whether they seem happy or not, someone you love needs building up. Earnest appreciation makes life worth living. Even God likes encouragement. “O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord” (Psalm 117:1-2).