Monday, March 12, 2012

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"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing"1 Thessalonians 5:11

The believers at Thessaloniki got it. They WERE encouraging each other they WERE building each other up. But Paul takes time out to remind them to do what they were already doing!

To encourage is defined as to inspire with courage, spirit or confidence, to stimulate with assistance and approval.

Other words include: embolden, hearten, reassure, urge, support, aid & help.

How quickly & easily we jump to doubt, criticism, judgement and questioning.

Inspire or dissuade
Stimulate or depress
Uplift or deject
Strengthen or sap
Encourage or discourage

Paul makes it clear what side of the equation we should fall. Why:

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him - 1 Thess 5 v 9 & 10


Salvation not wrath always marks our journey of every follower of Jesus irrespective of what we deserve.

Let us strive to bring encouragement into each others lives and not judgement no matter what we deserve. 

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