Breaking the Ice: How Men Can Embrace Encouragement

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to forget the power of encouragement, especially for men. Society often portrays men as stoic and unemotional, making it challenging for them to express their feelings or offer support to others. However, encouragement is not only beneficial, but it’s also a biblical command for everyone, including men. So, let’s explore how men can overcome awkwardness and embrace the art of encouragement.

In the Bible, encouragement comes in three parts: past, present, and future. Remembering God’s past faithfulness, taking heart at the moment, and looking forward to the future are all essential aspects of encouragement. Let’s break down some practical steps for men to encourage other men while keeping these three aspects in mind:

  1. Build a culture of encouragement: Leaders, especially church elders, should take the initiative in creating an atmosphere where encouragement is valued and practiced. Recognize and praise those who take steps to grow in faith, whether it’s delivering a first sermon, teaching a Sunday school class, or mentoring a younger believer.
  2. Gossip good things about other men: Fight the tendency to focus on negative aspects by sharing positive stories about others’ faithfulness. Just as Paul praised Tychicus in Colossians 4:7-8, find genuine and kind words to say about your fellow believers.
  3. Encourage yourself: Speak the truth about God to yourself, as the psalmists do in Psalms 42 and 43. Remind yourself of the gospel and God’s promises instead of dwelling on negative thoughts.
  4. Encourage godly action: Sometimes, a gentle push towards righteousness is necessary. Be quick to commend those who act with courage, share their faith, or stand up for Christ in a challenging world.
  5. Seek to have a ministry of encouragement: Develop friendships with other men with the intention to encourage. In the context of a church, connect with fellow male members and be intentional in offering support and encouragement.

In conclusion, it may seem challenging for men to embrace encouragement, but the rewards are worth it. Encouraging one another not only brings joy in tribulations but also helps men grow in their faith. As Christians, we should strive to encourage one another, regardless of gender, and experience the joy that comes from uplifting our fellow believers. So, go forth and be encouraged to encourage one another!