And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. (1 Thessalonians 5:14 ESV)
I really enjoy it when people come to me for advice. I am a straight shooter and I genuinely like helping people. I like to admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, and help the weak. There is one thing I don’t like though, being patient. I want them to take my advice and start applying it to their lives right away. I want changes to start happening in the way they live or the decisions they need to make right away! As we read this verse, there are a couple questions we can be asking ourselves:
When I try to help others, am I doing it with patience?
Do I expect them to stop sinning right away or take my advice and do it first thing?
We read of Jesus in the Gospels, taking a group nobodies and turning them into somebodies. But, this didn’t happen overnight and many times he had to teach them the same things over and over. If we are truly giving advice for the right reason, then patience should be a fruit that is growing in our actions. It isn’t about doing what we think is best, but helping others grow in their walk with Jesus, even if we think it is taking forever.
Is there somebody in your life you haven’t shown patience to?