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1Thessalonians, Chapter Five, Lesson Three

GOD'S GIFT OF EXCELLENCE            Page 4
V.14 (cont'd.)

7) "...be patient with all men." makrothumeo which means "to persevere", and like makrothumia which literally means "long suffering", it carries the idea of being patient with everyone we meet. That means Christians are to live their lives for the betterment of others, not looking out for themselves. cf. Philippians 2:3-5

V.15 ** For exhortation number eight, Paul now turns to the negative form of instruction. What does he tell us not to do?

8) We are not to "repay another with evil for evil"
Jesus addressed this issue in His Sermon on the Mount. cf. Matthew 5:43-45 with Paul's instruction in Romans 12:17 and Peter's in 1Peter 3:8-9

** For number nine in our list, what alternative does Paul give us for repaying evil for evil?

9) We are to "...seek after that which is good for one another and for all men."

** What are the four areas of life in which we can seek after good things for each other?

Physical needs - Provision, cf. James 2:14-17

Emotional needs - Friendship, cf. Proverbs 17:17, 18:24

Behavioral needs - Admonition, cf. Romans 15:14

Spiritual needs - Teaching/Feeding cf. Colossians 3:16

V.16 ** Paul now finishes with the last three exhortations for today in rapid succession. What is number ten in our list?

10) "Rejoice always...!"

** What is it about that exhortation, which makes it so very challenging for our hearts?

The "always" part! cf. Philippians 2:18, 3:1 and 4:4

V.17 ** What is number eleven in our list?

11) "...pray without ceasing..."

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