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SIH’s Think On These Things: I Thess. 5:14-15 (6)

SIH TOTT ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].   See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].    (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

For the next 6 devotions, we will be looking at this word of encouragement from Paul to the members of the church at Thessalonica. Our devotions will center on the six exhortations given to us by Paul…

1. warn them that are unruly,
2. comfort the feebleminded,
3. support the weak,
4. be patient toward all [men].
5. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];
6. ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].

 

EXPOSITION:

In this morning’s devotional we will be looking at the fifth of Paul’s exhortations to us…

 

See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];

How easy it is for us to justify “getting back” for wrongdoing that is done to us. However, we are clearly told in God’s Word that “payback” is to be avoided by anyone who takes the name of Christ.

The Lord states the issue very plainly, in this text, by saying “see that none of you hand back injury, harm or abuse to those who injure, harm, or abuse you.

 

In the writings of the NT this issue is addressed several times and helps to explain specifics concerning this responsibility we have been given:

 

1. The Lord will repay any wrong doing that is done to His people
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:17-21)

 

2. Better to accept the abuse at the hands of brethren than to expose them to public shame
But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather [suffer yourselves to] be defrauded?Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that [your] brethren. (1 Corinthians 6:6-8)

 

3. Keep in mind our eternal blessings gained through obedience to the Lord. Any abuse on this earth only results in temporary loss.
Finally, [be ye] all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, [be] pitiful, [be] courteous:Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:8-9)

 

Christ, Himself, taught these truths and set the perfect example for us to follow:

4. Christ teaches us to sacrificially go above and beyond to those who are enemies. We do this by loving, blessing, doing good, and praying for those who oppose us. 
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have [thy] cloke also.And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.(Matthew 5:39-45)

 

5. Christ set the example by refusing to give us our due, but to give His life on the cross for us instead.
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed [himself] to him that judgeth righteously:   Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.  
For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.(1 Peter 2:21-25)

 

 

APPLICATION:

May we all choose to give of ourselves towards those who mistreat us. In doing so, we are presenting Christ to those around us.

 

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Are We Patient TO All? Are We Patient AT All?

SIH HALTAL ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].  See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].    (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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SIH’s Think On These Things: I Thess. 5:14-15 (5)

SIH TOTT ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].  See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].   (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

For the next 6 devotions, we will be looking at this word of encouragement from Paul to the members of the church at Thessalonica. Our devotions will center on the six exhortations given to us by Paul…

 

1. warn them that are unruly,
2. comfort the feebleminded,
3. support the weak,
4. be patient toward all [men].
5. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];
6. ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].

 

 

EXPOSITION:

 

In this morning’s devotional we will be looking at the fourth of Paul’s exhortations to us…

 
be patient toward all [men]

Patience is, perhaps for many of us, the most difficult of all these exhortations by Paul. But in the context of our study, to be patient is listed as one of the greatest ways that we can show Christ to others around us. Perhaps this is why to be patience is so hard on our flesh!
 
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye. (Colossians 3:12-13)
 
So what does the Bible mean by “patience” or “longsuffering”? Both of these words, in the above texts, are translated from the same Greek word (makrothumeo) that carries four basic ideas with it:
1. to carry a weight
2. for a long period of time
3. without feeling abused or mistreated
4. without allowing anger (or a desire for “payback”) to burn within us
In other words, it to be patient means “to humbly, willingly, suffer under a heavy burden for a long period of time in the absence of anger or desire for retribution.”

Another word that is commonly translated “patience” in the Bible (hupomoneo) is used to describe a donkey that patiently stands while his owner continually adds a heavier burden to its back. It stands there, not kicking the burden off, not braying or running off. It simply stands and accepts the burden placed upon it.

These words represent for us the Scriptural concept of patience.

As difficult as it may be, how many of us truly exhibit patience in our lives? Patience is demanded in both the small and large things in life. From the short-lived suffering of standing in a long, slow line at the store, to the long-term burden of medical issues, personality conflicts, or mistreatment and abuse by others; how do we react when these burdens that are placed upon us?

 

APPLICATION:

Over the years, I have become convinced that EVERYTIME the circumstances in our life demand patience, it is the Lord opening an opportunity for us to show Christ to those around us.

People are constantly watching us and seeing how we accept the difficult times of our lives… What will they say about us?

Will they see our sinful flesh controlling our lives causing selfishness to rear its ugly head? Or, will they see the humility and love of Christ in us?

Will they see that we are no different from the lost fallen world and see no reason to trust in Christ as their Lord and Savior?   Or, will they see our lives and be motivated to turn to Christ and be delivered from the bondage of Satan and their flesh?
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all [men], apt to teach, patient,In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. (2 Timothy 2:24-26)

 

 

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Do We Care About Those Who Are Struggling To Serve The Lord?

SIH HALTAL ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].
See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men]. (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3HB

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And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.   (Revelation 19:10)

SIH’s Think On These Things: I Thess. 5:14-15 (4)

SIH TOTT ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].  See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].  (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

For the next 6 devotions, we will be looking at this word of encouragement from Paul to the members of the church at Thessalonica. Our devotions will center on the six exhortations given to us by Paul…

 

1. warn them that are unruly,
2. comfort the feebleminded,
3. support the weak,
4. be patient toward all [men].
5. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];
6. ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].

 

 

EXPOSITION:

 In this morning’s devotional we will be looking at the third of Paul’s exhortations to us…

 

support the weak,

Who are the “weak” ones?
The best way to understand the meaning of this word is to realize that this word comes for the Greek word “asthenes”.  It is from this word that we get our word “asthma”. Anyone who is familiar with those afflicted with asthma know that it involves physical weakness and inability to perform a task (due to lack of breath). When an asthma attack is severe, it stops all other activity and brings everything to an abrupt halt.

It helps if we compare being “weak” with those who are “feebleminded”…
In our previous devotion, we saw that the “feebleminded” were those who were lacking boldness, desire, or spirit. In other words, they lacked the inward strength of will to perform a task.

In comparison to the feebleminded, the “weak” possess the desire to serve the Lord, but are unable to fulfill their desires. They are weak, perhaps they are spiritually immature, weak in the faith, or struggling with some physical weakness which inhibits them from performing the task at hand.  Because they take their service to Christ very seriously, it is like a “weight” of responsibility that lies before them. They deeply desire to bear their cross and follow Christ.   However, when they try to lift the weight they find they cannot; their weakness inhibits them.

The important point is the feebleminded lack DESIRE while the weak lack ABILITY.

 

 

How can we help those who are weak?
In this text, we are told to “support” them. The idea of support involves “to attach to and prop up”. It implies two basic ideas:
1. to accompany someone
2. to help hold them up and make them firm

Any gardener knows that when a plant is drooping down, by tying it to a stake, it is able to stand tall, straight and firm. This is the exact meaning of “support”. We are the “stake” that should attach ourselves to the weak and support them in their service to Christ. When we see someone who is struggling to carry the weight of their service to Christ, we are to join up with them and help lift their cross and follow Christ.

We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.Let every one of us please [his] neighbour for [his] good to edification.
For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:That ye may with one mind [and] one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.(Romans 15:1-6)

 

 

APPLICATION:
May we all be aware of those who are struggling to fulfill His will for their lives. May we take the time to share our lives with them and, in doing so, help them to serve the Lord in greater ways.

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
SIH Text Blog: http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/
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SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

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