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Comfort One Another (1 Thessalonians 5:11-15)

Introductory Thoughts

God comforts believers expecting that they, in turn, will extend that heaven-sent comfort toward others during their times of need. Believers are admonished to “comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, and be patient toward all men” (1 Thessalonians 5:14). Stronger believers are encouraged to bear the infirmities of those who are weak (Romans 15:1). When one believer weeps as a result of the trials and troubles of this life, the body of Christ should weep with that brother or sister (Romans 12:15). Every member of the body of Christ should be available to the strengthening and support of other members of the body, for in doing so, believers fulfil the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): When we know people are hurting (physically or in their hearts), we should consider how they feel and help them if we can (1 Corinthians 12:26). Job did (Job 30:25; Job 29:15-16). Abraham knew what to do to comfort weary travelers (Genesis 18:1-5).
  • (For everyone): How can you comfort other believers? What trials has God helped you through? How can you take His help for you and offer it to others in need?
  • Who do you know that might be going through a difficult time? What could you do to comfort them? Have you been through that difficulty before, and if not, how could you still be a comforter?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Thank God for believers who have helped you.
  • Ask God to use the Comforter to make you a comforter.