Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
In the verse above, along with many other passages in the Bible, we Christians have been told to encourage each other. Encouragement means, according to the Word Web Dictionary program: the act of giving hope or support to someone. Fulfilling that definition would be very difficult, to give hope is hard in this world that is hopeless, and to support someone in the way meant is against human nature.
Encouragement is positive, but positivity is not encouragement. A positive person has a good attitude, but no way to pass it on. Encouragement is the hand by which we gift others with hope (positivity), and that hope can only be Jesus.
In this translation, the KJV, Romans 14:19 says to edify each other. I like this translation of that word. To edify means, literally, to build up and enlighten. That is exciting to me; we don't just encourage one another, but build each other up too! Block by block we can encourage everyone around us.
Not only constructing, but enlightening is also a part of our jobs. We can enlighten those in darkness, by offering them comfort, help, or even just presence. All of those things can encourage someone and brighten their day.
Go construct hope, even if you can only give a pebble.
P.S. I now have a new blog up. It is Warning: Man on Fire for Christ, and is for my more personal thoughts on things or whatever else I just feel like writing about.