1. Meet together!
Simple but important. We can't stir one another up unless we meet together! And the Bible encourages us to make meeting together a priority, '...not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another' (Hebrews 10:25) - even daily (Heb. 3:13)! So if you're a Christian, I would urge you (while recognising our different circumstances) to be committed to meeting regularly with other believers.
2. Remember what words are for
God gave us words for two reasons: conveying truth and loving. These are a powerful combination! Ephesians 4:15 says, 'speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into...Christ'.
We all tend to lose sight of the great truths of the gospel through which God intends to renew our minds and transform our lives. So we all need reminding.
When we're tempted, we need reminding that Christ is more glorious than sin. When we're proud, we need reminding that we have nothing that we have not received by grace. When we're anxious, we need reminding that God is in control.
Reading those reminders doesn't always help (even if we believe them). Hearing those reminders from someone whose words are not guided by love doesn't help either. But when someone who knows us and loves us and is truly for us (as God is for us) speaks these truths into our lives, the impact can be tremendous - and very healing.
We can't all use words to craft long sermons, but we can all commit to loving one another with our words. So let's do so! 'As we have opportunity, let us do good' (Galatians 6:10). Then God's people will 'grow up in every way...into Christ' (Ephesians 4:15).
A Prayer (to pray in your own words)
Lord, show me how I can deepen my relationships with other believers. Knowing my own situation and circumstances, help me to be committed to them.
May I be 'quick to listen and slow to speak' (James 1:19) - but not silent! May I love people with my words - encouraging and even challenging, when it's right to do so.
Forgive me when I try to go it alone. Give me the humility to love and be loved by others.
For Jesus' sake, Amen.