The “Write” Direction
by Mike Vestal
Just getting through the day in this sinful world can sometimes be terribly difficult. As Christians, we must see the importance of encouragement, of inspiring one another to greater hope, love, and service in the Lord (1 Th 5:11; Heb 10:24). We should try to take advantage of encouraging others through every possible medium–our words, actions, and prayers.
After preaching a sermon on the value of written encouragement I received a note from a little girl named Micah, who is only eight or nine. She had not just written me, but several others too! I got another note from her just the other day, and it included this precious line: “You are doing better now than the first time I wrote you.” I couldn’t help but laugh. But you know she’s exactly right! Written encouragement from Christians is like a spiritual blood transfusion–it lifts up and strengthens those who might be “running low” (Rom 14:19; 15:2). Surely this is one of the reasons why Paul mentioned so many people by name in his epistles. Why should we practice the art of written encouragement?
IT SHOWS PURPOSE.
Writing to someone shows the investment of time, doesn’t it? (Ephesians 5:16). Often the mere thought and the expense of effort mean more than the actual words written. God Himself showed deliberate purpose in giving us His word, the greatest word of encouragement ever written (2 Tm 3:16-17; 2 Pt 1:19-21).
IT SHOWS PRACTICE.
How often have we had good intentions about writing others, but simply never got around to it? God blesses the faith that works through love (Gal 5:6). When written encouragement is done, it’s done. There’s something concrete about it.
IT SHOWS PRECISION.
Most of us cannot say things we can write. Written encouragement allows us carefully to choose our words and to say exactly what we desire to say. Written encouragement is powerful encouragement in the right direction! A postage stamp is still the bargain of the century for the encouragement it can give.
–From, The Friend of Truth, October 8, 2000