There are two aspects of serving one another that Paul puts together in 1 Thessalonians 4:18 – 5:11. In relation to the Lord’s soon coming, he says, “Therefore encourage one another with these words”. With rumors, false teachers and public media, there are many in the body of Christ who desperately need encouragement. There are many distractions that+ get our focus off the Lord and the promises of His Word. It is critical that we encourage each other to find stability in the timeless truth of Scripture.
Paul follows this admonition with “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing”. The idea of ‘building…up’ means to “make more able, edify or strengthen” which in our day is so needed. Please read this section and see the wonderful context. As in Paul’s day, we have pressures of darkness and spiritual apathy that work against believers standing firm in the faith.
Who will you encourage today? As you are reading this, perhaps the Spirit has put someone on your mind that really needs encouraging. Stop what you are doing, make a phone call, send a message or pray for that person. Perhaps they need a visit. Whatever God is prompting you to do, make the investment that will have lasting dividends.
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