Get ahead – join us tonight at WFC, 8pm, for the Bible Study when we will be looking at 1 Cor. 5:1-6:11 ahead of Sunday morning
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11,14-15 (NIVUK)
9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing… 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
As so often in Paul’s writing there is a big therefore in the middle of this passage. Why does Paul call us to encourage each other, to build each other up, to put others first? It’s not because it’s a nice thought, or because it’s fun, it’s because that’s what Jesus gave his life for, bringing us salvation, making us whole and complete, loved and loving. If that’s what Jesus gave his life for, then as his followers, that’s what we should devote ourselves to too.
Prayerfully read those last lines of the passage again, asking the Spirit to show you if there’s something he wants you to do today.