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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 first of Paul’s exhortations to us…

warn them that are unruly
Do we care about others around us? Do we desire to please the Lord with our lives?  If so, we will take the time and effort to warn others who are erratic in their life walk for Christ.

Who are we to warn? It is those who are “unruly”. In other words, it is those who “unarranged”, or “out of proper order”. It is those people whose life walk is not in alignment with the principles of God’s Word…

1. Their speech and actions are not in alignment.
They may speak the truths of His Word without living them out in their lives. In these cases, their words and actions are erratic and inconsistent with one another.

2. Their lives are inconsistent from one moment to the next.
In these cases, they live inconsistent lives. They are like a ship tossed about by the waves of a sea. One moment they may be living in obedience to the Word, the next moment they are living in disobedience. In these cases, their service to the Lord is not consistent but varies based upon their situation, their mood, or their convenience.

 

How are we to deal with these erratic Christians? We are to “warn” them of their spiritual shortcomings.

If we study the idea behind the word “warn” it teaches us much about the proper spirit and way in which we are to give warning to others. The Greek word for “warn” literally means “to gently place in the mind”.   This helps us to understand several basic principles:
1. to warn implies MILD counsel and correction.
It is simply placing in someone’s mind the need for change. It does not imply a forced submission. It is simply speaking to others wanting to place in their mind the importance of change for their lives.

 

2. to warn implies HUMBLE counsel and correction.
It excludes an attitude of superiority or lordship over others. It is not speaking down to them, nor is it commanding them to change their life. It is simply laying forth the truths of God’s Word in an understandable way, allowing the Spirit to convict and bring about the needed change.

 

3. to want implies LOVING counsel and correction.
It is a counsel that is given from a heart of love (for the Lord and the one in need of counseling). It is to lovingly place in the mind of the individual a gift of advice that is only meant to be of benefit to them. If we really love those around us, how can we withhold spiritual counsel from those who are erratic in their service for Christ?

 

Please note these basic truths about giving counsel to others is upheld in many other Biblical texts…

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Galatians 5:25-6:2)

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. (Romans 15:1-2)

 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)

 

APPLICATION:

May we all understand the need to help those who are struggling spiritually among us. We can do this by gently placing in their mind the truths of God’s Word and the need to align themselves with those truths.

The best way for your counsel to be received and be beneficial to others, is by delivering the counsel with the proper spirit and manner. Love, humility, kindness and gentleness should always be a part of the counsel that we give to those in need.

May we all be willing to humble ourselves and lovingly share spiritual counsel to those who are erratic in their service for Christ.

 

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15 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    Thank you so much my friend for a great post

  2. Rob. Thanks for expounding on the word ‘warn’ and how it must be done humbly and in the right spirit. I had to do this just yesterday. Warning someone is difficult, because the enemy will whisper condemnation into your own heart about past failures. But if we neglect to gently warn someone who is openly practicing sin, do we really love and care about them? As God leads, it is absolutely necessary that we do so. Thanks Rob. I am progressing slowly back into blogging. Look forward to reading more of your posts.

  3. PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER says:

    Greetings my brother, I apologize for not communicating as often, but I have been traveling and ministering in different parts of the country for the past couple of months. I have just returned back home this past weekend and I have a lot to catch up on. This is truly another one of your great master pieces. Thank you for the great work you are doing in sharing your knowledge and wisdom for all to learn the truth of the word of the Lord from. Just continue to allow the Lord to use you for His glory. You are a blessing to my soul and to the internet world at large. Thank you, thank you.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Bro Davis,

      No problem, I have been letting down on the comments as well this summer. I am so thankful the Lord has been opening up so many different areas of service for you. He certainly does reward faithfulness with increased opportunities you are living proof of that my friend. Glad to hear you are doing well. May the Lord continue to bless your ministry as we head into the fall season! Looking forward to your new postings.

  4. Streim says:

    This topic is not one that makes ‘church folks’ very happy, but it’s a must. Once again you have given Truth of the Word and then looked at it through the eyes of Truth (Bible).
    Blessings again brother Rob. Going to reblog….
    Stephanie

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      Sorry I didn’t answer this comment earlier… I just found it in my spam folder… ugh! Thanks so much for the reblog. Thanks for the kind words… the Lord’s Word can be difficult to accept at times, may the Lord soften our hearts to accept His Word and seek to be in submission to it. Great to hear from you… Lord bless you!

  5. Streim says:

    Reblogged this on HOPE and PEACE In An Uncertain World and commented:
    Take heed…

  6. SLIMJIM says:

    Great verse for counseling!

  7. Great explanation of “warning”. So true that the response is always better when given in a helpful, suggestive way, rather than a condemning, ‘holier than thou’ attitude. However, in our efforts not to cause offence, we must be careful not to compromise the truth.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      So glad you mentioned this aspect Angela. You are so right. The two extremes are to be judgmental and faultfinding on one end, and to be compromising and noncommittal on the other. May we all find the middle ground of speaking the truth without compromise in a Godly, kind, loving way. Lord bless.

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