Word of the Day, November 29, 2017, I Thessalonians 5:10-15

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    Word of the Day, November 29, 2017

    “ Crucified Laid behind the stone You lived to die. Rejected and alone like a rose trampled on the ground. You took the fall and thought of me above all.”

    I Thessalonians 5:11-15

    11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

    12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

    13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

    14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

    15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

    I was looking for a verse the other day and I came across my notes in I Thessalonians 5 and I wrote Paul’s Bullet Points for Christians, T 12/27/12. This was a message preach at Canaan from my brother in the LORD (“T”) Terrance. The message was really from verses 16-28 where Paul is writing to the church in the city of Thessalonica to the young believers to encourage them.

    I would call this a checklist for encouragers. We are commanded to “encourage” others. This is throughout the bible. Paul gives us many examples of how we can encourage others in verses 11-24.

    He tells us to build each other up by telling others that you appreciate them, to edify each other. Verse 12 tells us to honor our leaders and to look for ways to cooperate with them. Verse 13 tells us to show our leaders great respect and to say thank you to the leaders for their efforts and to live peacefully together.

    Verse 14 tells to warn the unruly, to encourage the timid, to help the weak and to be patient. In verse 15 we are to resist revenge. Instead of planning our “get even” scheme, we should plan our “ do good for them” plan.

    In verse 16, Paul tells us to be joyful, rejoice and to remember even in the midst of a trial or turmoil in our lives, GOD is in control. We should try hard to apply to our lives by praying without ceasing for our brothers and sisters in the LORD told to us in verse 17. This one should be at the top of our Encouragement Checklist.

    Paul continues with instructions in verse 18, in everything, give thanks. Thank GOD for each gift that GOD has given to us. We can even go one step further and to give thanks for our brothers and sisters in Christ and their gifts. Verse 19 tells us to not stifle the Holy Spirit. Listen and react to what the Spirit is telling you. Verse 20 tells us not to despise at prophecies and this should mean to us to receive GOD’s words from those that speaking them to us.

    Paul is clear in verse 21 to prove all things through the Word and to hold fast to the Word of GOD. In verse 22, we are told to abstain from every kind of evil and we need to avoid situations where we will be drawn into temptation.

    Finally in verses 23 and 24, Paul tells us to count on GOD’s constant help. To realize that the Christian life is to be lived not in our strength but through GOD’s power.

    Paul finished the book of 1 Thessalonians with this. “ I charge you by the LORD that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. The grace of our LORD Christ be with you. Amen.”

    I would like to encourage you to read Chapter 5 today, get to a good Bible preaching church and encourage your brothers and sisters in Christ and to give thanks and all the glory to GOD for them and for having them in your life in the past, present and in the future. Tell them you love them and praying for them, their family and their ministry. I would even suggest that instead of telling them you are going to pray for them, just touch them and start praying right then and there.

    “ Alleluia Alleluia! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Alleluia Alleluia! For our Load God Almighty reigns. Alleluia, Holy Holy!

    Timothy P. Furness
     
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