1 Thessalonians 5 Lesson

The Importance Of Encouraging One Another

OVERCOMING LIFE’S CHALLENGES

In 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5, Paul focuses on the importance of encouraging others and building one another up. As we mature in our faith, we will come to the realization that life’s struggles are necessary for God to teach us, discipline us, and shape us into the Christians that He created us to be.

The Bible says that God disciplines those that He loves (Hebrews 12:6), and that He uses adversity to strengthen us and to reveal how much we need Him.

WE ARE NOT IN IT ALONE

Throughout our lives, Satan will try to tempt us and deceive us. The good news is that we are not left to face these challenges on our own. God has given us all the help that we need. As Christians, we have the following resources to help us:

  1. God,
  2. Jesus,
  3. The Holy Spirit,
  4. And each other.

Today’s lesson will focus on how God wants us to be an encouragement to one another. To bear one another's burdens, and to seek out ways to be an encouragement.

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT ENCOURAGING ONE ANOTHER

  1. “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another.”1 Thessalonians 5:11,
  2. Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging oneanother; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” - Hebrews 10:24-25,
  3. “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” -Colossians 3:16,
  4. “So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.” -Romans 14:19,
  5. “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” - Ephesians 4:29.

PERSEVERANCE AND ENCOURAGEMENT

In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans, he refers to God as:

Perseverance and encouragement go hand in hand. Throughout life’s struggles, God wants us to do three things:

  1. Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11a),
  2. Bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2),
  3. Build one another up (1 Thessalonians 5:11b).

CONCLUSION

None of us can make it on our own. However, with the help and encouragement of others, if we endure to the end, we will be able to repeat the words that Paul wrote in his second letter to Timothy:

  • “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”2 Timothy 4:7-8.

Our heavenly Father wants us to actively seek out opportunities to encourage one another and help each other.  Consider Jesus’ own words from the Gospel of Mathew:

  • “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give you something to drink?  And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?  When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’” – Mathew 25:35-40.

Everyone needs encouragement! We cannot underestimatethe value of a kind word or taking the time to listen to somebody and show them that we care. God’s plan is for us to help each other by being an encouragement to one another. As disciples of Jesus, we are to encourage each other to remain strong in our faith and service to the Lord.

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” – Hebrews 3:13.

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James Guillory

What do you find encouraging? What kind of others say or do that allows you to continue to,"fight the good fight?"I know whenever I was out there in the streets doing ministry work it was extremely draining on my body and also my spirit, because you are giving everything out that you have inside of you that the Lord has given to you to minister, so you are completely depleted,but when somebody said thank you that kind word or you are doing a good job out there or thank you for that sandwich or the bottle of water that we pass out in the heat of the day, these words are very very encouraging and it gives you fuel to continue the good fight. Without any encouraging word you get completely depleted and you want to give up,so I urge everybody out there if you feel like you have an encouraging word for somebody please don't hold back because that is a Lord Himself wanting to minister in and through you to somebody else!

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Pat Dermody

We also need encouragement to take things a step further. I While was out with a friend she suggested that I take a leadership role in a Bible ministry. I was flattered but didn’t think I had the necessary tools to lead. Also I was busy and didn’t want to take on “one ore thing.” About a month later, another friend encouraged me to take a leadership role in this ministry and I finally realized God was speaking to me through their encouraging words .I put aside my doubts and have decided to become more involved and leave the rest up to God.

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Tom
Pat Dermody

Good stuff. Thank you for your testimony for the Lord.

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Joe R

I found this passage helpful tonight. I can appreciate the importance of building up brothers and sisters in Christ. There is a great need for fellowship and attracting believers through love and support. I think this is especially important during today's climate with a global pandemic and more barriers to gathering as a church body in fellowship with one another. Nonetheless, technology such as this is a blessing to be able to share with those people near and far.
I also found the passage helpful as it touched on the importance of examining everything carefully, holding fast to what is good, and abstaining from every form of evil (v. 21-22). I think loving one another as God has loved us can be experienced more fully when taking into account the importance of using the gifts God has blessed us with to discern right from wrong, embracing what is right, and avoiding evil. I do not think it is a coincidence that these words follow Paul's encouragement to build each other up.

I humbly ask that my spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I ask the same for you my brothers and sisters in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Dan Wheeler

Even the simple well-known phrase "I have fought a good fight" is instructive. What is a good fight? The context is the Christian life, a battle against Satan and his helpers. Why is it a "good" fight? This word often means "holy" as in "there is none good but God." Fighting the battle of good and evil and never giving up means a reward at the end of life.

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