Did you know everyone needs encouragement? Jesus was the ultimate encourager and example of how we should treat others. Here are seven affirmations God’s people can receive when they care for one another. Try these out on someone today!
1. Help someone feel important.
Jesus treated every person he ministered to as someone special. They were VIPs (very important persons) to Jesus, no matter what their social standing, reputation, or economic status. The Bible tells us that God is no respecter of persons. The way we treat others is also the way we treat God.
2. Listen to others.
We don’t have to be great talkers to be good listeners. All we need to do is care about other people’s concerns. True listening involves being interested in other people and what they have to say. The Book of James advises, “Don’t ever forget that it is best to listen much, speak little, and not become angry” (James 1:19 TLB).
3. Help someone feel appreciated.
No one wants to be taken for granted. Most people crave words of praise. In many cases, people will do more work for appreciation than they will for money.
4. Believe in others.
We live in a world that tears down. As humans, we tend to find the wrong in other people. Then we write them off or condemn them as failures. Yet, if we let it be known that we believe in other people, we’ll spur their motivation to live up to their full potential. They’ll do almost anything to avoid disappointing others and not reaching that higher standard.
5. Accept others.
Jesus calls us to make winners out of people, not set them up to lose. We do great damage when we demand perfection of other people or do not accept them as they are.
6. Demonstrate kindness and consideration.
Kindness and consideration of others are some of the very finest ways we can express our Christian faith. The Bible says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).
“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12). One of the best things we can do for other people is to treat them as we want to be treated.
7. Show understanding.
The goal of talking and listening is not to prove who’s right or wrong, but to understand the other person’s viewpoint. Everyone has a need to be understood.
Remember, EVERYBODY is a SOMEBODY who Jesus loved so much, He made the ultimate sacrifice!