More Do\’s that you can Do in a Lifetime

And we beseech you, brethren, to know (respect) them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work\’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. (I Thessalonians 5:12-13, KJV)
  • Them which labor among you
    • or they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such men. (I Corinthians 16:18, ESV)
    • So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, (Philippians 2:29, ESV)
  • Those who are over you in the Lord and those who admonish you
    • Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. (Hebrews 13:17, ESV)
  • Be at peace among yourselves
  • Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another. (Mark 9:50, ESV)
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly (idle – lazy), comfort the fainthearted (weak in the spirit), support the weak (impotent, ill, of little strength), be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. (I Thessalonians 5:14-15, KJV)
  • Warn the idle and lazy – admonish them in the Lord – II Thessalonians 3:6-15
    • Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, (II Thessalonians 3:6-7, ESV)
  • Comfort the feeble minded, fainthearted, weak in spirit and mind
    • In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35, ESV)
  • Support the weak (with out strength, ill, of little strength)
  • Be patient toward all
    • Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant (I Corinthians 13:4, ESV)
  • Do not render evil for evil, rather follow after that which is good – among your brethren in Christ, and among all men.
    • So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10, ESV)
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-22, KJV)
  • Rejoice
  • Pray
  • Give thanks
  • Do not quench the Spirit
    • And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30, ESV)
    • Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. (I Timothy 4:14, ESV)
  • Do not despise prophesies
    • On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their edification and encouragement and consolation. (I Corinthians 14:3, ESV)
    • Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. (I Corinthians 14:1, ESV)
    • Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. (I John 4:1, ESV)
    • Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. (I Corinthians 12:3, KJV)
    • By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. (I John 4:2-3, ESV)
  • Prove (discern the spirit of ) all things
  • Hold on to righteousness
  • Abstain from the mere appearance of evil