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Read Introduction to 1 Thessalonians

 

“Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing“
 
Therefore
 
Paul appeals to the Thessalonians to comfort and edify one another because of the truths in verses one through eleven.
 
comfort each other
Christians are to care for the pain of other Christians (1 Thessalonians 4:18). God comforts us so that we might comfort others. This is a clear responsibility for every Christian.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
As Christians see the rapture coming, they are to exhort one another even more.
“…not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).
Principle:
 
A responsibility of every Christian is to encourage other Christians.
Application:
Many Christians come to church discouraged and defeated. Some come disenchanted about life. Our warm encouragement might be just what they need that day. When the pastor announces the benediction, do you charge for the nearest door or do you head for people who need encouragement?
The blessing of the Rapture is for every believer. This is a common blessing that all can share. This is a basis for mutual edification. Because of this hope, Christians will develop a strong sense of comfort.
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