“Great Advice For Christian Living”

Years ago, a little book was published that was very popular… it became a New York Times bestseller. The book was entitled “Everything I Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.” The book was filled with simple, practical advice. And that is what most of us are looking for… practical advice on living.
Some of the best practical advice on living the Christian life is found in I Thessalonians 5. Paul lists seven very basic, simple things we should do as Christians. Chapter five, verse fourteen reads, “… encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all men.”
Think about those three phrases…
“Encourage the fainthearted…” There are lots of people who are fainthearted… Lots of people who are down, discouraged. We see people like this every day. We walk past lots of them. Paul says we should encourage them.
A second phrase is, “…help the weak.” Lots of people are weak. Some are weak physically… maybe they are an elderly person or maybe someone who just had surgery… or, maybe whom has been made weak by life.
A third phrase is, “…. be patient with all men.” Now this one can be tough, can’t it? I admit, I’m not the most patient.
Several years ago, our daughter Sarah did something to her leg… she was on crutches for a while. One day, I stayed with her to be her “nurse” for the day. At one point, we had to go in an office. As we came out… I didn’t mean anything by it but I walked past her to get in the vehicle. Sarah needed my help. She said, “Dad, you are TERRIBLE with crippled people!”
I was convicted and I felt bad. I wasn’t being very patient.
What about you? Paul says that all of us should be “patient with all men.”
So… encourage the fainthearted… help the weak and be patient with all men. Three phrases that represent good advice for Christian living.

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