Better Than I Deserve
1/28/13 at 12:55 PM 5 Comments

The Three E-Migo's

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Jack Wellman, 2013
People today are thirsty for words of encouragement just as our cat thirsts for fresh water.

There is so much negativity in this world of ours. Few people speak words of encouragement anymore. People are thirsting to hear words that refresh the soul. There are three times as many words that tear down people as there are words that build them up. Instead of thinking “What Would Jesus Do” how about “What Would Jesus Say?” I believe that Jesus looked at sinners with love. The famous John 3:16 is known by about everyone, but what follows is just as important, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:17). If Jesus was not condemning, and He had every right to be, then how should we speak to one another? One of my favorite Scriptures is that love believes all things and it trusts (1 Cor 13:7). I think Paul would tell us today to “give people the benefit of the doubt.”

The Three E’s are such wonderful words that build up those around us but they are seldom used. Here they are: Edifying, encouraging, and exhorting. These three words are all verbs. It’s what you do by means of what you say. They exude a positive, reaffirming view of others. These are not only in short supply in the world but even in the church today. Our words can build up or tear down. When we speak words that edify, encourage, and exhort we give people something that they desperately need today. The polar opposite of negative is positive. These three words, The Three E-migo’s, have an absolutely positive effect on people. They are salt and light to a world that is frequently dark and hurting and people have a great thirst to hear them.

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”(Prov 18:21 ).


Jack Wellman is Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize (Hey! Another three E's!) Christians and to address questions about the believers daily walk with God and the Bible.

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