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April 12, 2021

Admonishing, Encouraging, Upholding, and Longsuffering (1)

1 Thes 5:11 Therefore comfort one another, and build up each one the other, even as you also do. (14) And we exhort you, brothers, Admonish the disorderly, console the fainthearted, sustain the weak, be long-suffering toward all. Eph 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with long- suffering, bearing one another in love.

[Part 1 of 2] In verse 14 Paul also encourages us to console the fainthearted. Literally, the Greek word for fainthearted is "of little soul." It refers to being narrow and weak in the capacity of mind, will, and emotion. Those who are little- souled have a very limited capacity to bear sufferings or difficulties. Among the saints there are some who are born with such a small soul. They need to be comforted, consoled. In verse 14 Paul also encourages us to uphold the weak. The weak here probably refers to the weak ones in general, who are weak either in their spirit, soul, or body, or weak in faith. Some saints among us are weak. They may be weak in body or in spirit, weak in heart or in will. Some are weak in their faith or weak in praying. What shall we do with these weak ones? According to Paul's word, we need to uphold them. In verse 14 Paul exhorts us to be longsuffering toward all. This implies that in a local church, besides some being disorderly who need admonishing, some being of little soul who need consolation, and some being weak who need upholding, all the members may be a problem in some way and need our longsuffering toward them. [continued tomorrow]

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Thessalonians, p.160. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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