“Aim At Doing The Best” (1 Thessalonians 5: 11, NEB) by Carley Evans

(Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 11:42pm)

Paul calls us to “hearten one another, fortify one another — as indeed [we] do.” He continually expects us to “live at peace among [ourselves].” (1 Thessalonians 5: 14) He desires us to “encourage the faint-hearted, support the weak, and to be very patient” with all. (1 Thessalonians 5: 14)

He says, “Always aim at doing the best you can for each other and for all men.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 15)

We are able to comfort one another because Jesus Christ “dies for us so that we, awake or asleep, might live in company with Him.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 10)

“For God has not destined us to the terrors of judgment, but to the full attainment of salvation.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 9)

And “He who calls [us] is to be trusted; He will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 24) “In Him, [we] are brought to completion.” (Colossians 2: 10)

As complete children of God, we are able to encourage and strengthen one another because we are encouraged and strengthened by Christ Himself. We stand in His company; and He is our friend. Let us befriend one another, aiming to do our best for all.

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