Pray – (1/2 minute)
Read – (3 minutes) “And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)
Passage: Psalm 84:1-12
God never intended for us to live our Christian life in isolation or independence of others. Just as children need a good home, God’s children need a good spiritual home. God wants all of His family to be a part of a local church family where they can grow and fulfill their purpose along with other believers.
Paul knew that everyone is subject to discouragement and disappointment and that people would be prone to drop out or not get fully involved in service. Therefore, he gave a list of six things believers can do to help our churches be the best we can be for Christ. To warn the idle means to help people not become dropouts from their church. To encourage the timid means to urge believers who are holding back from getting involved to use their gifts in service. To help the weak refers to supporting people when they are going through a tough time spiritually. The next three admonitions to be patient, not retaliate and to be kind all point to living in relationship with each other. Giving help to fellow believers is part of living in the family of God.
Apply – (2 minutes)
Pray – (1 ½ minutes)