"Comfort each other..."
Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:11
COMFORT AND EDIFICATION
A good grasp of Biblical knowledge is an asset. Thus Paul was deeply committed to teaching the Lord’s word. Those who have a strong understanding of faith in the Lord are in a position to help others significantly.
“Therefore comfort each other and edify one another,
just as you also are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
1. “Just as you also are doing”
a) The Thessalonians were already involved in this ministry.
b) Their ministry was acknowledged.
2. “Therefore comfort each other”
a) There will always be times when we need to be comforted.
i) In times of suffering (persecution).
ii) In times of bereavement.
iii) In times of despondency and despair.
b) Human comfort
i) This is needed too.
ii) Human comfort can be given meaningfully.
3. “Edify one another”
a) More than comfort is in mind.
b) Building each other up is the focus here.
c) Paul and Silas were deeply committed to the task of edifying believers.
i) Through teaching the Lord’s word.
ii) Through correction.
iii) Through personal example.
iv) Through fellowship.
v) Through closeness of relationship.
vi) Through meaningful communication (e.g. Paul’s epistles).