Be a people builder

In all of our relationships, we should always strive to be a “people builder.”  What does that mean?  When you talk to other people or about other people, don’t say harmful things.  Say what people need, words that will help them become stronger.

Don’t be bitter and angry or mad.  Never shout angrily or say things to hurt others.  Be kind and loving to each other.  Forgive each other as God forgave you in Christ. There are times when we all need someone to come along and give us an encouraging word.  In the same way we should always be looking around us to see who we may inspire with our words. You never know how someone’s entire life can change through a simple – “You can do it. I believe in you.”

For many of us, we would not be where we are today if someone had not cheered us on and believed in us. Their simple encouragement impacted our lives forever.  Remember, you may be the only person someone else hears an encouraging word from, so never fail to give one.  Work to “build people up!”

Ephesians 4:29-32: “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”  NLT


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