1 Thessalonians 5:15
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
Towards those who were nearly related one to another. Such should comfort themselves, or exhort one another, and edify one another, 1 Thessalonians 5:11
1. They must comfort or exhort themselves and one another; for the original word may be rendered both these ways. And we may observe, As those are most able and likely to comfort others who can comfort themselves, so the way to have comfort ourselves or to administer comfort to others, is by compliance with the exhortation of the word.
Note, We should not only be careful about our own comfort and welfare but to promote the comfort and welfare of others also. He was a Cain that said, Am I my brother’s keeper? We must bear, each other’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
2. They must edify one another, by following after those things whereby one may edify another, Romans 14:19. As Christians are lively stones built up together in a spiritual house, they should endeavour to promote the good of the whole church by promoting the work of grace in one another.
And it is the duty of every one of us to study that which is for the edification of those with whom we converse, to please all men for their real profit. We should communicate our knowledge and experiences one to another.
We should join in prayer and praise with each other. Set a good example one before another. And it is the duty of those especially who live in the same vicinity and family thus to comfort and edify one another; and this is the best neighbourhood, the best means to answer the end of society.
Such as are nearly related together and have affection for one another, as they have the greatest opportunity, so they are under the greatest obligation, to do this kindness one to another.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Thank you, Father, for using us as messengers allowing You, through us, Lord, to reach out to those who do not know you. Thank you, Lord, for allowing us through our words to gently introduce your compassion, love and forgiveness for all who do not believe in you. They cannot comprehend, being loved or even more forgiven for all things committed. Thank you for the strength, determination and supplying of the words to be planted as mustard seeds of your love and forgiveness for seeding in fertile soil. I pray in the name of Yeshua, Amen and, Amen.
CLOSING STATEMENT by Robert
Let us, therefore, follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. (Romans 14:19)
The Lord, prescribes the true and only way to happiness both in this world and that to come, Psalms 34:13,14. Would we pass comfortably through this world, and out of the world, our constant care must be to keep a good conscience and, in order to that,
We must learn to bridle our tongues and be careful what we say, that we never speak amiss, to God’s dishonour or our neighbour’s prejudice. Keep thy tongue from evil speaking, lying, and slandering. So great, a way, does this go in religion that, if any offend not in word, the same is a perfect man and so little, a way does religion go without this that of him who bridles not his tongue it is declared, His religion is vain.
Even those with whom we cannot live intimately and familiarly, by reason of distance in degree or profession, yet we must with such live peaceably that is, we must be harmless and inoffensive, not giving others occasion to quarrel with us and we must be gall-less and unrevengeful, not taking the occasion to quarrel with them.
Thus must we labour to preserve the peace, that it be not broken, and to piece it again when it is broken. The wisdom from above is pure and peaceable. Observe how the exhortation is limited. It is not expressed so as to oblige us to impossibilities. If it is possible, as much as lies in you. Hebrews 12:14, Follow peace. Ephesians 4:3, Endeavouring to keep.
Study the things that make for peace–If it is possible. It is not possible to preserve the peace when we cannot do it without offending God and wounding conscience: Id possumus quod jure possumus–That is possible which is possible without incurring blame. The wisdom that is from above is first pure and then peaceable, James 3:17. Peace without purity is the peace of the devil’s palace–As much as lieth in you.
Christians must please their brethren. The design of Christianity is to soften and meeken the spirit, to teach us the art of obliging and true complaisance not to be servants to the lust of any, but to the necessities and infirmities of our brethren–to comply with all that we have to do with as fare as we can with a good conscience. Christians should study to be pleasing. As we must not please ourselves in the use of our Christian liberty (which was allowed us, not for our own pleasure, but for the glory of God and the profit and edification of others), so we must please our neighbour.
Forasmuch as you are zealous of spiritual gifts, this way it will become commendable zeal, be zealous to edify the church, to promote Christian knowledge and practice, and covet those gifts most that will do the best service to men’s souls. This is the great rule he gives, which, He applies to the matter in hand, that, if they did speak a foreign language, they should beg of God the gift of interpreting it.
Please remember these articles are the work of a humble servant of Yeshua doing HIs bidding as a Watchmen sounding the Trumpet to warn of impending danger within the Assembly. May our Father abundantly bless each one of you with wisdom and discernment to go forward as “Modern Day Disciples.”
Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee, Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Yeshua is everlasting strength. (Isaiah 26:3-4)