Friends are not only our companions in joy, but also a great support in times of misery. When things seem awry, encouragement coming from a true friend can at least help one endure the situation with some amount of ease.
Good words? How would you define ‘good words’? Are good words those that convey to your friend that no matter what they do, or whatever situation they are in, they are right? Or, are good words those that convey to your friends that they have ended up in a difficult situation because they were wrong? Friendship, to me, is a relationship which has no room for judgment. A friend who can stand by your side and say, “you will make through this phase”, is the one you need.
A friend in need is a friend indeed, but we seldom get such friends who are there with us during the not-so-happy times. I believe that, even if you don’t have a friend like that, it shouldn’t stop you from being a caring friend to others. People can overcome great barriers if they have someone to push them, to encourage them. Here are some words that can be the magic spell of someone’s success, and you could help them make these words the ultimate motto of their lives.
Good Words of Encouragement for a Friend
Words of encouragement can be the only silver lining during those cloudy days, especially when they come from a friend who knows you well, and is there by your side without any cynical and judgmental attitude. You don’t need people to tell you where you went wrong, but someone who can encourage you to do the right thing. And that someone can be no one else but a true friend.
“Never consider the possibility of failure; as long as you persist, you will be successful.” – Brian Tracy
“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” – Unknown
“Between you and every goal that you wish to achieve, there is a series of obstacles, and the bigger the goal, the bigger the obstacles. Your decision to be, have and do something out of the ordinary entails facing difficulties and challenges that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else.” – Brian Tracy
“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.” – Unknown
“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” – Unknown
“Everything will be OK in the end, if it’s not OK, it’s not the end.” – Unknown
“Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.” – Aldous Huxley
“People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.” – Lewis Cass
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell
Biblical Words of Encouragement for a Friend
For those who believe, the Bible is the ultimate source of positivity, enlightenment, and encouragement at all times. It has the answers to all the questions that we can possibly encounter in this life. God speaks to us through the Bible, and here is what He has to say.
”Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.” – Proverbs 3:5-7
”Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6
”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
”Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” – Psalms 27:14
”For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.”’ – Isaiah 41:13
”Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
Light cannot be seen if there is no darkness, success cannot be achieved without sacrifice, and a diamond cannot shine unless it has been cut and polished. What I’m trying to say is that, success, happiness, and contentment will only follow you once you have had your share of difficulties. And you know what’s that one encouraging thought about these difficult situations in life? That happiness is just around the corner.