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April 13, 2021

Admonishing, Encouraging, Upholding, and Longsuffering (2)

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 2 of 2] Today we are still in the old creation, not in the New Jerusalem. This is the reason there are many problems among the saints. According to my experience, every one of us can be a problem to others. I may be a problem to you, and you may be a problem to me. On the one hand, we may love all the saints; on the other hand, they may cause us problems. Therefore, we need to be longsuffering toward all. We should not dream that the church will be a utopia. On the contrary, the church life is full of problems. In a sense, the church is a hospital filled with those who are sick. For this reason, we need to be longsuffering toward all the saints. Do not be bothered when others come to you with problems, even with problems that seem to be small and insignificant. In particular, those who are little-souled may come to you with minor problems. Instead of being angry at them for bringing such a small thing to you, help them to deal with their problems. Elders, learn to be longsuffering, especially toward the weak and those with a little soul. Paul's word in verse 14, however, is not limited to elders; it is a word for all the saints.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Thessalonians, p.161. 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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