“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
As fellow believers sometimes we need a little encouragement in our walks. This wonderful verse in Thessalonians echos the hundreds of other verses in the Bible that says; treat each other right. Take time to comfort each other, build each other up. Are there believers out there who do not do this? Sadly yes.
Does this mean we compliment someone on their tie or their shoes? Do we tell them they have a great website? Sure, but this verse is in the context of standing for God. What joy comes from knowing your web designer picked a great color for the home page? In contrast, there is great inner joy when you find out the prior verse 10 of this chapter; that whether we are awake when Jesus Christ returns or whether we are dead, we are still going to be with him. He’s taking us all home to live with him. Now there’s joy! This world is not the end of the line for us. We’re up and out of here and nothing the devil can throw at us stops that. Isn’t that exciting! We hold the Word forth and comfort each other on the Hope in Jesus Christ. If we base our gratification on five senses stuff it’s always conditional because the five senses constantly changes. God does not change.
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16
Isn’t that so comforting? We receive joy from the Word but also re-joy, over and over in it. You cannot rejoice unless you’ve done it already. A friend who reminds you of this is a treasure all of their own.
“I rejoice at thy Word, as one that findeth great spoil.” Psalms 119:162
How many of your friends feel this way? Cherish them! They are rare and should be comforted, edified and loved!
“If [there be] therefore any consolation (refreshment) in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies (tender compassion), Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, [being] of one accord, of one mind.” Philippians 2:1-2
Can you ever have too many people in your life who love you, and call you friend? Especially those who are comitted to the fellowship of God around the Word of God.
I’m blessed to have you! And I’m praying for you!
Here’s an oldy-goldy for you!
God Bless You Today!