The Big Read – Daily Read
1 Thessalonians 5:12-22
v12-13: Church leaders are “called to labour, not to be lazy.” They are to work hard in instructing, encouraging, and building up the members of the church. They are to “direct them as spiritual guides by setting a good example to the flock.” They are also to correct publicly and privately, as need be, “when they neglect the right or do the wrong.” The members of the church are to know who their elders are, appreciating the teaching, direction, and correction they give.
v14-15: In every church there will at times be those who need to be warned about “the wrong they are doing,” those who need to be encouraged because they are downcast “and discouraged at the thoughts of danger, losses, and suffering,” and those who need help in their weakness. It is the responsibility of both the leaders and members of the church to do this by speaking God’s Word to them.
v16-18: “The way to be always joyful is to pray continually. We would be more joyful if we prayed more.” And “if we pray continually, we will not lack reasons for giving thanks in everything… in adversity as well as in prosperity.”
v19-20: The preaching of God’s Word, “the interpreting and applying of the Scriptures,” is to be prized and valued. We need “to have our minds stirred, our love and resolutions” awakened by the Word as it is preached so we grow in knowledge and holiness and have our confidence in God strengthened.
v21-22: “Although we must value preaching, we must not take things on trust from the preacher but test them” by searching “the Scriptures to see whether what they say is true.” After we are satisfied that what we have heard is right and true, we must “hold on to what is good,” and avoid “whatever looks like sin, leads to it, and comes near it,” because those “who do not avoid opportunities for sin or temptations or approaches to sin, will not long abstain from actually committing sin.”
Devotional notes adapted from Matthew Henry’s Commentary.
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