Build One Another Up

Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NASB)

Today I felt compelled to reach out to a few people to tell them what their lives mean to me. I decided to wrote this post because it became clear to me that it would take too much time to reach out to all of you. I suppose that one of the points of this blog is to reach as many people as possible.

So let us then definitely aim for and

eagerly pursue what makes for harmony and for mutual upbuilding (edification and

development) of one another. (Romans 14:19 AMP)

I know how encouraging it can be to receive a little note saying you matter and are appreciated. I don”t want this to be sappy or gooey at all, but I want to do what the above verse says. I want to provide encouragement and build you up. It”s interesting to me that at times that I really need an encouraging word from someone, God usually has me reach out with an encouraging word for someone else. Don”t get me wrong, there are plenty of days that I just brush things off. I say, “Lord I”m too busy,” or “Lord they don”t want to hear that from me today.” It”s unfortunate because that”s only me being self-centered missing out on an opportunity to be used by God to touch someone else. How silly is that really; missing out on being used by God because you don”t think that they want to hear an encouraging, uplifting word from you?

Perhaps it”s only me that”s ever held back, but I”d like to take this opportunity to say I”m sorry if I have ever missed out on being used to build you up. It is my goal and intent to act on each opportunity given to encourage with either word or deed. I encourage each of you to find ways to build each other up. Just think of how good an encouraging word feels to you; don”t imagine someone God would have you reach out to would feel the same way? Outside of people who are gonna be grumpy no matter what, I”d wager that almost everyone would receive it and be blessed.

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; (Romans 12:10 NASB)

How about you, do you have a story of how God has built you up by using you to build up someone else?

10 Responses to “Build One Another Up”

  1. Angi says:

    I have a story – I got a wonderful text message this morning from a good friend of mine, saying he was praying for me and my family.

    Kinda maybe sorta made my morning, especially since this last week was kind of a doozy. 🙂

  2. Mallory says:

    Philip, I love reading this post. Even though you and I have only known each other through Twitter and emails and it’s only been a short while, some of the messages you’ve sent to me have been incredibly uplifting in the middle of pain or crisis. I see the heart you have for others, and I truly appreciate it.

    I’ve always been the person who feels best when I am encouraging or helping others. Several of my friends (like Taylor, for example) tell me that I always seem to know what to say to them when they are feeling down. Knowing that I am able to help the people that I care about with nothing more than my words or just my ability to listen always makes me feel good and grateful that God is using me and my heart.
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    • philip says:

      Thanks Mal, it’s been awesome getting to know you. Glad to know that you are open and willing to use your gifting where he leads you. 🙂

  3. Way to be committed to the Body of Christ, Phil. I appreciate you being an encourager.

  4. Thanks brother for encouraging us to be….encouragers! Bless ya!
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  5. You made it plain: it’s not that hard and it makes a world of difference. I want to be an encourager too from how I write and speak to how I raise my family to how I live my life. Thanks for being a great encouragement to me, Philip (in many ways).
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