Create an Environment where Others Can Feel Safe

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Happy Thursday Saints.

The third thing that 1 Thessalonians 5:14 says to do is “UPHOLD THE WEAK.”

The Greek word translated “UPHOLD” means, “to hold firmly; to cleave to; to support.”

It’s not casual support that is offered from a distance. It’s upholding the weak by cleaving to them. It’s a close-knit relationship where the strong take a firm hold of the weak and support them until they can stand strong again.

Sometimes, the relationships within the four walls of the church are superficial and shallow. Fear of judgement causes the weak to put on an act to look good in front of others and they suffer silently with no one to uphold them.

To fully support the weak, we have to create an environment where they feel safe enough to be vulnerable. Where the strong are not judgemental but caring. And the weak can receive the support that they need without the fear of being judged, belittled, and exposed.

It takes courage to be vulnerable and for one to let others know that they are feeling weak.

If you are fortunate enough to be trusted by someone who’s feeling fragile, use your strength to uphold them and support them. And don’t leave their side until their faith in God and their strength in Christ has been restored.

Romans 15:2 says that “WE SHOULD HELP OTHERS DO WHAT IS RIGHT AND BUILD THEM UP IN THE LORD.”

Be a good friend, and become someone that others can trust when they are weak.

Have an awesome day. God bless and lots’a love,
Warren


Pastor Warren Retzlaff