Endure Hardships as you Follow Christ

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Happy Tuesday Saints.

Yesterday, we started looking at what the Bible says about helping those who are unruly, fainthearted or weak among us.

It doesn’t tell us to ignore them, expose them or mistreat them.

When it comes to supporting the fainthearted, 1Thessalonians 5:14 instructs us to “COMFORT” them.

The Greek word translated “COMFORT” means to “calm and console” and “to encourage.”

There are those among us who are discouraged, who feel like giving up under the difficulties that often accompany the Christian life. They’re losing their focus and their determination to stay faithful to God and loyal to His plan for their lives.

2 Timothy 2:3 says to “ENDURE HARDSHIP AS A GOOD SOLDIER OF JESUS CHRIST.”

Whether we like it or not, there are hardships to “ENDURE” as we follow Christ. And we who are strong have to help those who are feeling overwhelmed by the difficulties that they are facing.

There’s nothing worse than feeling disheartened and deserted at the same time.

Thankfully, as Christians, we belong to the Body of Christ. A support system unlike any other. One that is infused with the love, compassion, care, and strength of the Almighty God.

1Corinthians 12:25 says “THAT THERE WOULD BE NO DIVISION IN THE BODY, BUT THE MEMBERS WOULD HAVE THE SAME CONCERN FOR ONE ANOTHER.”

Too often, we want encouragement when we are down, but offer very little support to others when they are struggling. A strong Body and Church have “THE SAME” care and concern for one another.

Comfort the fainthearted brethren today and be a blessing to those who need your support and help.

God bless and lots’a love,
Warren


Pastor Warren Retzlaff