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1Thessalonians, Chapter Five, Lesson Three

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V.13 ** As we get to know more and more about the lives of such men among us, how are we to view them? What is the second exhortation given to us by Paul?

2) We are to "...esteem them very highly in love..."

This is speaking of the close knit family of Christ, being in subjection to itself and caring for one another in the spirit of the love of God.

** What is the reason given by Paul for us to "esteem" our leaders in love?

Because of their work! All that Paul said they were doing back in verse twelve.

** Still here in verse thirteen, Paul gives us the third exhortation for today. What is it and how is it different from the first two we have already seen?

3) "Live in peace with one another". The first two exhortations were in the form of a "request", but this one is a direct command and is given to both the leaders and the people who make up the body of Christ. It is imperative that Christians all live together in harmony, no matter what position they may hold in their service to the Lord. cf. John 13:34-35

V.14 ** Paul now shifts gears again, back to the affectionate exhortation mode to introduce the next four requests. Let's look at them one at a time. What does he urge us as Christian brothers and sisters to do?

4) "...admonish the unruly..." These were the "roof toppers" who lived an undisciplined lifestyle because they anticipated the immediate return of Jesus Christ.
cf. 1Thessalonians 4:11-12, 2Thessalonians 3:10-11

5) "...encourage the fainthearted..." Paul is telling them to strengthen those in their midst who were worried about the future. He himself had done so back in chapter 4, verse 13.

6) "...help the weak..." antecho - lit. "to hold firmly" Paul was saying that they needed to support those who were spiritually weak. cf. Romans 14:1 and 15:1

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