Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men (1 Thessalonians 5:14).
In one sentence, the Lord sums up four habits that will make for a healthy church. These four commands (not suggestions) focus on four groups in the church who need our attention.
“Admonish the disorderly.” Literally, put in mind a warning to those marching out of step. Do we?
“Encourage the fainthearted.” Literally, call alongside and console those who have lost heart and want to quit. Do we?
“Uphold the weak.” Literally, hold on to and support those who are without strength in their faith. Do we?
“Be patient with all.” Literally, be long in holding out your temper. Do we? A healthy church depends on me!
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