And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, (Or ‘disorderly’, or ‘undisciplined) encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
Ah, this verse leaped out at me this morning. I don’t know about you but I never know what my day is going to hold. I live with a person who is an emotional roller coaster. When this person is happy the whole world is smiling, the flowers blooming, the sun is shining and life is sweet. But when this person is on the downward side of the coaster, life is… just hard. (And that is a major understatement)
Today, this verse is for me. In my walk as a parent.
I know that Paul was not referring to Susan, the parent when he wrote these inspired words…but nevertheless, they are for me today.
As a parent I need to admonish the idle, the disorderly or the undisciplined child. To warn the child who is being wayward, inconsistent or following their own will. I need to esteem the children when they have put in a good effort- not easy praise but an acknowledgment of their work, effort and attitude.
In fact, after praying and asking the Lord what I need to teach the children today He showed me this passage…and whilst this verse leapt out at me the whole passage is very applicable.
We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
1 THESSALONIANS 5: 12-18
- Know my children. Observe them.
- Be at peace today…cultivate an atmosphere of peace within the home.
- Warn and admonish the disorderly or undisciplined child. Encourage the child when they are downcast.
- Acknowledge their efforts and attitudes.
- Help them, serve them.
- Be patient.
- Teach them not to repay evil for evil.
- Encourage them to good to one another.
- Pray, without ceasing- develop an attitude of prayer submitting everything to the Father.
- Give thanks…encourage the children to always give thanks.
But first I must examine my own heart before I can attempt to teach the children about such things. How is my attitude? Do I need to repent of any attitudes? I need to apply this verse to my own life before I open my mouth. So I’m going to be busy today eh? What about you? What lessons does Father have for you today?