Jump Starting a Battery
The Greek word translated "encourage" literally means "to come alongside." My car had a dead battery, so I asked a friend to help jump-start it. He pulled his car alongside mine and used jumper cables to transfer power from his battery to mine. He connected the good battery in his car to my depleted battery. The energy flowed into my weak battery until it could function on its own.
When we encourage one another, we are doing something similar to jump-starting a battery. We "come alongside" the person who has a weak spiritual battery, and when we speak encouraging words, the power flows into the person and builds up him or her. Speaking words of edification literally gives grace to the person who hears them.
"Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear." (Eph. 4:29)
--Kent Crockett (Kent's Sermon Illustrations)www.kentcrockett.com
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