Comfort and Edification

Hello everyone!  I apologize for the delay, but I had to reach into an old Bible focus for tonight.  I decided to grab dinner with coworkers, and after eating pounds of food, the Itis almost stood in the way of me sharing a message.
Today’s theme: Comfort & Edify One Another
Focus Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (with emphasis on verse 11)
Hymn: “Help Somebody Today,” by Carrie Elizabeth Breck, written in 1904
1. In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Paul encourages the Thessalonian believers to comfort and edify each other.  Share the things that comfort and edify you from this reading.
2. Read 1 Corinthians 8:1 and share how it charges you to encourage others.
3. Read Hebrews 10:24-25 and share how it charges you to experience agape love when building up others?
4. Read Ephesians 4:29.  How does speech build up others?  How does it tear them down?
Lord, we thank You for Your Word, and know that it helps us to keep each other accountable and uplifted in the body of Christ!
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3 thoughts on “Comfort and Edification

  1. Twyla Griffin

    I Thessalonians speaks to those who believe and instructs us to do what we were created to do….serve others. In all the scriptures I see the common thread; love others and build others up. As servants, we are required to think more of others than ourselves with the ultimate goal of showing them God’s love through our actions. I’m not saying it is easy but believe it is what we are called to do.

    How many people do you think you could lead to Christ if your dialogue with them was always negative, discouraging, or damaging? In serving others, I believe we show our obedience (Love) of God. And when we operate out of obedience to God, those we serve with a pure heart are the receipient of true love.

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    1. TheSpiritedNerd Post author

      I believe you’re 100% right to say that we’re called to do this. Maybe this is the thing that stands in the way of us becoming perfect beings? I mean, there’s probably someone out there who’s avoided the 7 deadly sins, or doesn’t miss a beat with tithes and community involvement; but that sliver of selfishness we (can) have might be the thing that keeps us from ever being perfect. I know we won’t ever be, as God is the only true perfection, but is this the greatest factor of them all that keeps us from being like Him? HMMMM!

      This is wonderful, thanks for sharing! I’m going to find a way to make a snazzy PowerPoint presentation with this…

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      1. Twyla Griffin

        Ohhhh….Perfection! The allusive quality we all aspire to achieve. If we were created in his (God’s)imagine, are we not perfect in his eyes? If we were able to achieve perfection, would God have sent his Son? Jesus died for our sins…sounds like he knew. If I was never a sinner, I wouldn’t need a Saviour.
        I think our greatest show of imperfection is in our inability to sacrifice. Sacrifice what you ask? Sacrifice time out of our day to speak to and hear from God. Sacrifice what we want by doing something to please someone else. Sacrifice a little of our abundance. If I serve others, I will be closer to a state of perfection.

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