Monday, August 8, 2016

THE NEED FOR DISCERNMENT - By David Havard



  THE NEED FOR DISCERNMENT
David Havard


Scripture Reading: I Thessalonians 5: 14

During these perilous times that we find ourselves in, Paul's admonition to us in I Thessalonians 5:12-22 could not be more timely. In our text verse, Paul tells us to "warn ... [the] unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, [and] be patient" with all.

We are told to warn or rebuke the unruly- those who get out of line and are disruptive. The word has the military connotation of someone breaking ranks. We are to deal firmly with those who would cause dissension in the ranks of the church. We are to comfort the feebleminded-those who tend to give up easily. When fellow believers are faint-hearted, beaten down, and ready to give up, we should encourage them to "hang in there." (I Corinthians 15:58 is a good verse to use.) We are to support the weak. The weak ones referred to here are those who have a tendency toward certain sins. The word used for support speaks of placing yourself opposite the other person in such a way that you become his support. This requires personal involvement in the lives of others. It must extend beyond the walls of the church. They need your practical support in helping them stay pure, not just the quotation of a few Bible verses to them in between church and Sunday School.

Lastly, Paul tells us to be patient toward all. Patience toward that person who seems to constantly grate and disrupt; \patience toward that brother who is always on the verge of giving up; and patience towad the one who struggles with besetting sin. What we are called upon to do is not easy. May the Holy Spirit give us the discernment and ability to fulfill this timely exhortation.


How God Sves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
ead Acts 16L31 Romans 1:16, and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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