Wednesday, April 21, 2010

We are all nursing moms

First Thessalonians 2:7,8

"But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children. Having thus a fond affection for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives because you had become very dear to us."

The admonition to love, help, encourage, no matter matter the opposition nor suffering, living your life pleasing God---love, love, love, appears in a ration of 10 to 1 to rebuke. We gotta do a whole lot of loving, and motivated by love and restoring before that one rebuke. Encourage, help, pray for, rejoice, be bold, be gentle for we serve a living God who searches our hearts. Live devoutly, uprightly, blamelessly, well behaved---walking in a manner worthy of God who calls you into His kingdom and glory.
a father's responsibility: implore his own children, exhort, and encourage.

Unblamable, receive instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God. Abstain from sexual immorality. Do not trangress nor defraud. The Lord is the avenger of all these things. God has not called us for the purpose of impurity but sanctification. Only God teaches us to love one another.
Practice it toward all. Lead a quiet life. Attend to your own business. Work with your hands. Behave properly toward outsiders and do not be in any need.
(the next verse does NOT say we are NOT to grieve) Instead, we do not grieve as those who have no hope. Comfort one another with these words! We live in light of the fact that Jesus who died and rose again is coming back with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, with the trumpet of God to meet us in the air (the dead in Christ rise first) and we are to comfort each other knowing Jesus died, and rose, and exquisite details about our future. We are sons of light an sons of alert, and sober. Put on the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet of salvation. Encourage one another, build up one another, appreciate the pastors and teachers and workers--esteem them highly.

Live in peace with one another. Admonish the unruly. Encourage the fainthearted. Help the weak. Be patient with all men. No repaying evil for evil. Seek after that which is good. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks. For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Examine everything carefully. Hold fast to that which is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Be preserved complete. Joy comes from the Holy Spirit.
What does your work of faith, labor of love and steadfastness of hope look like? He chose you.

1 comment:

Mrs. JP said...

Nice post. I've been studying how Jesus was caring for people even up to His death (criminal next to Him and His mom) and thinking about how unselfish He is. Loving others is a great way to show how much we've been loved.