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October 6, 2016



1 Thessalonians 5:14


We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.




Paul now gave stronger commands. Not only the leaders, but all the believers, were responsible to minister to one another. Those who neglected their daily duties needed stirring up to action. Those who were timid or tended to become discouraged, despondent, worried, or sad more easily than most needed cheering up, stimulation to press on, and extra help. Those who had not yet learned to lean on the Lord for their needs as they should the spiritually “weak” were worthy of special support. Above all, the Thessalonians were to “be patient” with one another and with all people (“with everyone”). They were not to retaliate, but to do positive “good” to “all” others.

Non-retaliation for personal wrongs is perhaps the best evidence of personal Christian maturity.

One of Satan’s greatest lies is that men have plenty of time to get ready before Jesus comes again. Although we do not need to verbally label people, we need to understand where different people are at in their lives and thinking if we are to significantly help them. We need to develop our people skills and direct them toward growth.


Memory Verse: Proverbs 27:6


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