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“We encouraged you, we comforted you, and we kept urging you to live the kind of life that pleases God”.
1 Thess 2:12 GNB
Fathers urge their children on – to maturity, to wisdom, to success and to achievement. When the children suffer setbacks or failures their fathers comfort them – as do their mothers. They encourage them to get up again and try again. They tell them of mistakes they made when younger and how they put their disappointments behind them and carried on. They tell them how to avoid mistakes in the future.
That is how Paul, Silas and Timothy guided their new disciples in Thessalonica. Having introduced them to Christ as their Lord and Saviour they kept a watchful eye on the new disciples as they made their way in changing from the non-gods they had previously worshipped to following Christ. It was no easy change as it involved a belief system, cultivating devotional practices, and getting accustomed to life in the church of Christ. Instead of pleasing themselves these new converts were guided into seeking to please God in Christ. No doubt some struggled in prayer, whilst others probably found it difficult to understand the new doctrine they were being taught. Yet others would have to make adjustments in terms of working with and making allowances for other people in the Christian fellowship. However they struggled; the new converts would also have to reckon that “we’re all in this together”.
To nurture other disciples is an important function and ministry. Often those doing the “fathering” learn and grow every bit as much as do the young disciples. And love has to be the foundation of the whole process. It is a God-given role. But it builds the church – and people.
Lord, build us all up in love and service.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Lord, help all Christian believers to realize that we are all one in you. Bind us together in love. Help us all to reach out to each other in appreciation and kindness. Inspire us to be beacons of light in the darkness of the world around us. I ask it in Jesus Christ’s name. AMEN
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