“And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.”1 Thessalonians 5:14 (ESV)
This morning, I am dwelling on this exhortation from Paul, given to the Thessalonian Church as an encouragement for them to focus on the right things and not be distracted by their misconceptions about the future. How practical it is for us, right now! There are many we know who are in these categories: idle people, fainthearted people, and the weak. And most importantly, in our dealings with them, let us be patient. No one knows what God is doing in this time, but it is our duty to love appropriately (whether by admonishment, help, or encouragement), but with the Christlike attitude of patience.
Praying for God to give you a heart for those around you that beats to this rhythm.
The “Isolation Introspection” series started as an opportunity for me to encoruage members of our Bible Study with daily reflections from the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan during the 2020 “Stay at Home” mandate in Los Angeles. I’ve moved them here so that they can be shared easily, and perhaps benefit others. I hope you enjoy!