1 Thessalonians 5:14 –Mission Clarity – Admonish, Encourage, and Help

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 19:1‐21:14, 1 Thessalonians 5:4‐28, Psalm 82:1‐8, Proverbs 25:7b‐10

Context: Paul is giving his closing comments to the church in Thessalonica.  The admonitions are somewhat scattered.  In a few verses we will read his famous line: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.

Observations:

  • We urge you – brothers
    • Admonish (exhort or give instruction to) the idle
    • Encourage the fainthearted
    • Help the weak
    • Be patient with them all

Apply: One of my close friends is fainthearted.  Today I want to look for opportunities to encourage this brother in Christ in an uplifting way.

What is one specific way you can admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted or help the weak today?  Do it!

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