1 Thessalonians 5:11-23
11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.
23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The command to “encourage” others is found throughout the Bible. In 5:11-23, Paul gives many specific examples of how we can encourage others.
Build each other up.
Point out to someone a quality you appreciate in him or her.
Look for ways to cooperate.
Hold leaders in highest regard.
Hold back your next critical comments about those in positions of responsibility. Say “thank you” to your leaders for their efforts.
Live in peace.
Search for ways to get along with others.
Warn the idle.
Challenge someone to join you in a project.
Encourage the disheartened.
Encourage those who are disheartened by reminding them of God’s promises.
Help the weak.
Support those who are weak by loving them and praying for them.
Think of a situation that tries your patience, and plan ahead of time how you can stay calm.
Instead of planning to get even with those who mistreat you, do good to them.
Remember that even in the midst of turmoil, God is in control.
God is always with you—talk to him.
Make a list of all the gifts God has given you, giving thanks to God for each one.
Do not quench the Spirit.
Cooperate with the Spirit the next time he prompts you to participate in a Christian meeting.
Do not treat prophecies with contempt.
Receive God’s word from those who speak for him.
Reject every kind of evil.
Avoid situations where you will be drawn into temptation.
Count on God’s constant help.
Realize that the Christian life is to be lived not in our own strength but through God’s power.
Fig 1. Life Application Study Bible. Zondervan, 2011. p. 2019.