ICDT #68: Warn, Encourage, HelpMar 20, 2023
We begin with a reading from 1 Thes 5:14:
“And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” (1 Thes. 5:14)
It would be easy to simply gloss over this, ignoring the relational nuances or to turn it into some rigid formula for the control freak within. Rather than either of those, I like to think of this as wise counsel for truly seeing others and responding in ways that might actually help them make their way.
We’ll simply take each phrase on its face as we move through the verse.