The “be” List 1 Thessalonians 5:11-18

Posted: November 12, 2010 in 1 Thessalonians, church,faith,family,God,god,jesus,Jesus
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(1Th 5:11) Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

Now comfort yourselves in the truths that God has given, lift each other up. This isn’t meant just for the elders and the ones appointed to a position in the church, this was for the whole church of Thessalonica.

(1Th 5:12) And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,

(1Th 5:13) and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.

Paul is urging them to recognize the leaders in the church that God has given them. Those who labor… Who not only do the foot work to keep the church together and organized, but that have put their lives in danger by having the position they hold. Remember Paul was ran out of town, and was not able to return. esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake… But I thought it wasn’t about works you say. It’s not about “works” it’s about work! Paul is urging the church to see that these guys are working hard in the Lord for them, they should be lifting them up and praying for them and not fighting among themselves, but rather be at peace with each other, helping and loving.

(1Th 5:14) Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.

(1Th 5:15) See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

We are to caution those that are going against the Lord, pray and comfort those that are having a hard time seeing what the Lord wants in their lives, lift up those that are weak in the Lord and like Paul says, we are to be patient with all. Don’t return evil with evil, return it with love, and do what is right and good for everyone, not just for yourself.

(1Th 5:16) Rejoice always,

(1Th 5:17) pray without ceasing,

(1Th 5:18) in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

So far in the first 8verses of the closing of Paul’s letter, he has given a few actions we all need to take in our lives and then he tells us why…

  1. comfort each other and edify one another
  2. recognize those who labor among you
  3. esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake
  4. Be at peace among yourselves.
  5. warn those who are unruly
  6. comfort the fainthearted
  7. uphold the weak
  8. be patient with all
  9. pursue what is good for all
  10. Rejoice always
  11. pray without ceasing
  12. in everything give thanks

And then Paul ends this section with; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

How awesome is the God we serve!  If only we could do what is in this list; comfort, recognize, love, have peace, uphold, be patient, pursue what is good, rejoice, pray and in everything give thanks!

We should all pin this list on our refrigerators and work to be this list; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

  1. larry welch says:

    “…actions we all need to take…”
    “…if only we could do…”
    “…should all pin …”
    I’m wrong alot but let’s consider:
    – The core message of Jesus’ teaching is about who we are and that who we
    are determines what we do. Paul tells the Corinthians, “…the love of Christ
    compels me.”
    – In the Gospel of John Jesus says, “If you love Me obey My
    commandments.” It is in that love from and for Christ that He “works in you
    to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Phil 2:13
    – Phillipians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens
    me.” That certain ability is already in us as a growing capacity simply
    because of who we have become in Him.
    – These qualities motivate and empower the believers to say:
    “…actions we want to take…”
    “…we can do what is on this list”
    “…we will pin this list”

    To some, these comments will seem like picking lint. But, to really accept as true what Scripture says about being a new man will keep us from being limited by what we say and think about ourselves. Colossians 3:16 gives us a strong “hint” when it starts with the word “Let”. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom …” It’s telling us to get out of our Lord’s way and let Him move in and through us for His good pleasure.

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