[blockquote source=”1 Thessalonians 5:14 (GWT)“]We encourage you, brothers and sisters, to instruct those who are not living right, cheer up those who are discouraged, help the weak, and be patient with everyone.[/blockquote]
All of us have strayed.
- Helpless: We have been weak. We simply fell short of the expectations. It was not intentional.
- Disobedient: We have stepped across the line. We simply chose to break the rules. It was intentional.
- Malicious: We have even planned for it. We simply want to cause harm. It was confrontational.
All of us have committed at least one of the above at some point in our lives. We do it not because we were necessarily evil. We did it because we are human.
That said, we must “See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people” – 1 Thessalonians 5:15 (NLT)
You must not fear to instruct those that are not living right. If they have intended to cause harm. Those that are malicious. These are the ones we need to correct them.
We must not fear to encourage those who are discouraged. These are the ones that may have tried but not yet succeed. They could have given their best, but still have not seen any success. And they think, “oh, what’s the use of staying true. let’s break the rules”.
We must not fear to help those that are weak. These are the ones that did not know that they have did something wrong. And they clearly were not intentional. They were not aware.
But please be patient with me.
Father, I thank You for instructing us when we are not living right, cheering us up when we feel discouraged, and helping us when we are weak. And most importantly, I thank You for being patient with us. Father, I pray that You give us the strength, courage, and wisdom to do the same for everyone as we journey on in our lives as true follower of Jesus Christ. In His name, Amen.