Hebrews 3:13 – But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
Life hardens us. Each of us has experienced something in our life that has hardened us. Sometimes it is the death of a Loved one, or betrayal of a friend or maybe it just seems like no matter what you do everything is against you. Eventually you get to the point of not wanting to trust anyone but yourself. You think that you are on your own and if you are going to make it you are the only one you can count on. Trust me, I’ve been there. In fact sometimes I still end up there.
That hardening comes due to us believing the lies of sin. We must turn to God and believe the Truth of His Word. God’s Word will soften our hearts and teach us to trust and rely on Him. That, however, is easier said than done. To say, “Trust in God”, is easy, but to actually do it is a different story. It is hard to let go of all your worries and stress. That is why we need to help each other.
When you come along and encourage someone it will help them break free from the lies of sin. It doesn’t take much, maybe just a, “You can do it,” or “I’m here for you if you need it.” This does a couple of things. It brings in another voice to come against the negative ones in our heads. For all the negative voices people hear we need to be the positive one that shines light in the darkness.
Speaking encouragement also lets the person you are speaking to know that they are not alone. No matter what they are going through they can know that they have a friend that will be with them and believe in them through it.