an excellent day to comfort and encourage others.
“Therefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:18 NASB
One of the Apostle Paul’s first letters was written to the church he had established at Thessalonica around A.D. 5.
Christianity was young and for many there was a high price to pay (just as in parts of the world today) for being a follower of Christ. Paul’s letter was meant to reassure them, for there was confusion among them as to when Christ would return. Many thought that His return would be sooner, rather than later, and Paul sought to reassure them that while there was no way to know when, it would indeed happen, just as the Lord had said.
In his letter he sought to comfort and encourage them and he stressed the importance of each one of them being there to comfort and encourage each other.
In today’s world, more than ever before, it is important that we all heed Paul’s words and offer comfort and encouragement to those around us. Today, and every day, we should offer ourselves as living examples of the strength, the joy and the peace that comes with the knowledge that Christ will return as promised. In the meantime, we must follow the example of Jesus and the words of Paul and reach out through our actions and our own words and offer comfort and encouragement to others.
Many new believers (and perhaps some who are not-so-new) have a very tentative grip on their faith.
Absorbing the beauty of God’s teachings can be overwhelming and those individuals may need the support of one who has had time to fully appreciate all that God expects of us and all that He has promised us.
In a letter to the church at Corinth a few years later, Paul stressed the importance of teaching others, and of reaching out to them.
“But everyone who prophecies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement, and comfort.” (1 Corinthians 14:3 NIV).
Some of us may think that we are not up to the task of teaching, but one doesn’t have to stand up in front of a group in a classroom to teach the lessons of Christ. All one needs to do is reach out to others in love and friendship and offer support, comfort and encouragement.
When we do this, we will not only be helping other human beings, we will be helping ourselves to fulfill God’s wishes.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson