Have you ever felt an inner glow when someone shares a sincere word of encouragement? Wow! Isn’t it amazing how the smallest show of recognition in the value of another human being is so powerful?
Sometimes the biggest challenge of an encourager is doing so for someone who is clearly not “in our corner.” I have a couple of neighbors who are likeable enough, but we have pretty different worldviews that we are passionate about. I want to be a good neighbor. So, I look for ways to affirm others as a person, without deliberately stirring the pot about our known differences.
Jesus is a friend of all sinners… you, I, and yes those we may see as somewhat misguided. Who are the challengers in your life right now? Reach out with a word of honest encouragement. It can help change hearts.