There are a number of characteristic which we need to develop to become a good or better mentor. Today we will start by looking at encouragement. Yesterday we seen that mentoring is giving encouragement to those who rely on your wisdom and knowledge which God has graced.
A positive word or a motivating nudge can make all the difference in someone’s life. Dale Carnegie said that “you have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness right now. How? By giving a few sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them for a lifetime.”
Proverbs says that ‘The tongue that brings healing is like a try of life. (Proverbs 15:4). While I Thessalonians 5:11 is one of many other verse in Scripture which tell us to ‘Encourage one another’.
We are not here talking about flattery; but encouragement in the area of their lives. Praising them for the increased love they are showing for other etc. Jesus praised his disciples for their faith. Paul repeatedly praised his co-workers and believers in the early church for the positive qualities in their lives such as love and hope.
An important part of encouragement is expressing confidence in someone. We need to show the people who we are mentoring that we have confidence in them, not only when they are doing well, but also when they make mistakes.
Again we can see this in life of Jesus. He poured his life into the disciples, they lived with him for 3 years as in front of their eyes, he raised the dead, healed the sick, stopped the storms and feed the multitudes. He even told them that He would die and rise again, yet after the crucifixion they ran away and hid.
When he visited them in the upper room Jesus had every right to respond negatively to their lack of faith, but instead he told them, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18-20). Instead of reprimanding them, He commissioned them.