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The One Anothers of the New Testament - Part 3

PHILIPPIANS, COLOSSIANS, 1THESSALONIANS            Page 5

For the last of our instruction in this study, please join me in Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians.

In chapter 3 and verse 11, Paul prays for the Thessalonians and us as well. Verse 12 contains the heart of his prayer and our next "One Another" command.

V.12 ** Does Paul pray that Christians would learn to love one another?

No! Why? cf. 1Thessalonians 4:9 - Believers are taught by God Himself to love one another.

** Then what two things did he want the Lord to do?

5) He wanted the Lord to cause us to "increase and abound in love for one another".

Chapter 4:18

V.18 ** This next command is powerful when we realize the only resource for fulfilling it. What are we to do?

6) "...comfort one another..."

** With what do Christians comfort each other?

"...these words" We should use the very word of God (which richly dwells within us) to comfort a troubled fellow believer.

And finally, chapter 5:11-13

V.11 ** This last set of commands is very similar to comforting one another. What are they?

7) "...encourage one another..."
8) "...build up one another..."

** What statement does Paul make that displays the reality of their saving faith?

"...just as you also are doing" True believers are those who can be seen obeying the Lord in their interaction with each other.

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