What Secret About You is Hidden in Your Encouragement?

by Mark T. Hancock · 2 comments

My wife and I were talking about the power of affirmation and encouragement.

A sincere, sensitively-timed, spirit-led word of affirmation can make a tremendous difference.   And understanding the secret behind our affirmations can make a tremendous difference in us.

When we point out in someone else what we believe God sees in them it can release them to walk in a greater level of effectiveness, joy and anointing.  Scripture encourages us to encourage and affirm one another.

We went on to talk about what our words of affirmation say about us.  Not necessarily in WHAT we say, but in WHOM we affirm.

Who do you choose to affirm and encourage?  And from whom do you choose to withhold affirmation?

Do we only affirm people who have more influence than us?  Do we only affirm people that we genuinely like?  Could there be some hidden motive to either our affirmation or our withholding of affirmation?

Take a look at who you affirm and don’t affirm.  Perhaps this says as much about you as it does about them.

Scripture encourages us to encourage and affirm one another.

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Michael Lusk June 22, 2010 at 2:14 pm

WHOA! Never quite thought about it like that. It makes for real thought-food. I look forward to reading a Mark Hancock book.

Cindy Dickerson July 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Och, that hurt, but I see that it is true. Thanks.

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