Your Christian brothers and sisters need you. You’re not alone here, and it’s a rough tough world we live in. Some people are not as strong as others and even the strong need encouragement at times. No-one is a rock except our Lord Jesus Christ. No man is an island the philosophers say, and I have to agree with them on that point.
I Thessalonians 4:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are idle, encourage the faint-hearted, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
We have a responsibility in this world to help each other stand on the truth of God’s Word. We can’t sit back on our laurels of what Christ has done for us and will do while we ignore real need around us. I’m not talking about needs in the world — they are many, deep and wide — but I am talking about fellow believers in your vicinity and in your spheres of influence. Everybody can use some genuine encouragement.
I Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do.
We’re exhorted to also comfort one another and to edify one another. Comfort is needed when bad things happen, or things happen that we don’t understand or like. We need both physical and emotional comfort at times. The type of comfort the Bible speaks about has substance to it; it’s not a wimpy ‘I feel sorry for you’ kind of comfort, which is not comforting at all but placating the person who needs real comfort.
Real comfort comes from the truth. For example, the first century believers had relatives who died. They came to Paul and asked what would become of these dead Christians. Paul encouraged them by teaching them Christ would return from heaven and gather unto himself all the dead in Christ and those who are alive in Christ at the time of his return. He said we shouldn’t be hopeless as non-believers are, but that we should be filled with hope because of the truth that Christ would return and raise the dead and the living. He concluded by saying, “Comfort one another with these words.”
Truth comforts, lies just placate and they do that under false pretense.
We’re also exhorted to “edify” one another in the body of Christ. To “edify” means “to build up.” We again do this with the truth of God’s Word. What can build you up more than being reminded of what God thinks of you as His son? That is un-top-able and unstoppable! Being reminded strengthens our awareness of these truths and helps us believe them which is where the real deliverance is.
Romans 8:31-39 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long;
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
There is nothing more encouraging, more comforting and more edifying than what God says about you, His child forevermore. Absolutely nothing you can do or anything can do to you can separate you from the God of Love. Nobody can accuse you, condemn you are extinguish you! You are God’s crown of creation right there with His son, seated at His own right hand in heavenly places.
Believe it child of God — believe it. Then encourage others who don’t quite get it yet!