One way to encourage the brethren of Christ is to bear each others burdens. Read Galatians 6:2. It is essential for you to have a trusted friend with whom you can talk, reason, cry, and rejoice. Without a trusted friend to confide in and bounce your ideas, life can sometimes be a difficult task to manage.
It is our responsibility to help the brothers and sisters in Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 urges us to encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and to be patient with all mankind. Every moment that we are alive is an opportunity to help others as we see the day approaching of Christ’s return.
Part of encouragement is your own responsibility. Read Romans 12:2. Almighty God Yahweh/Jehovah warns us to not be conformed to this world. Instead you must transform and renew your mind to prove His acceptable will.
One of the best ways to help others is to help ourselves first. Colossians 3:16 teaches us to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly so that we can teach and admonish each another with all wisdom. We must use the wisdom that God gives us through His Son Christ Jesus. Simultaneously, we must have abundant gratitude toward our Creator.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, God's minister Paul says, “Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing” (NASB). Here are some examples of how to encourage each other.
- Recognize when someone does something good and let them know it.
- Thank someone. And thank Jehovah. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
- Volunteer to help a brother or sister, a widow, orphan, or charity. James 1:27.
- Have a positive attitude. People feel better when they are around positive people.
- Affirm whether a person is on the right path. People need an advocate to help them at times.
- Study together as the Body of Christ and get uplifted and educated.
- Ask questions of someone who knows the answers. It helps both the person who asks and the one who answers or teaches.
- If you are hurting, tell someone. When a friend knows you are hurt, they can help you and pray for you.
- Build good communication skills and learn how to effectively communicate with people. Good communication is beneficial whether you are asking for help or giving help to another person. Use your good communication skills to build friendships and fellowship with the brethren.
- Love suffers long. Be patient with each other. 1 Corinthians 13:1-8.
- Discuss issues with others to help yourself feel better. Holding stress and anxiety inside is unhealthy.
Friends listen and provide the right amount of input. Proverbs 25:11 (NASB) says, "Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances."
Friends encourage each other, show love toward each other, and serve one another. 1 Peter 4:8-10 (NASB) says, "Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." Devote your life to God and His Son Jesus Christ as the students and disciples of Christ did in Acts 2:42.