1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 The Lesson of Encouragement (Edstrom)2017-03-22T04:46:27+00:00

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1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

The Lesson of Encouragement

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1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

The Lesson of Encouragement

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Some of you may have been around bullies. Bullies say or do things that hurt others.

The sad thing about bullies is that inside they don’t feel good about themselves so they do hurtful things to hide what they really feel. They believe they don’t measure up, that they are somehow less than others.

They think by hurting another person and trying to make that person feel small, they will look tough – bigger or better than other kids, but it doesn’t work that way.

The Bible teaches us that we should “… build each other up…” (5:11). The Bible reminds us to encourage and help each other. It is good to learn to get along with others, but it is even better when we do and say things that are encouraging and helpful.

There are many examples of cooperation and learning to work together in the animal world. Think of beavers who work together to create a place to live and bees that work together to produce that tasty honey. Some birds work together to build a nest in which to lay their eggs and take care of their young.

When we learn to work together and “build each other up” everyone wins. A person who is generous and helpful to others is a person who feels good about their own abilities. When we all bring our talents together we can accomplish great things.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan