SIH’s Think On These Things: I Thess. 5:14-15 (7)
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, 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]. (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)
For the next 6 devotions, we will be looking at this word of encouragement from Paul to the members of the church at Thessalonica. Our devotions will center on the six exhortations given to us by Paul…
1. warn them that are unruly,
2. comfort the feebleminded,
3. support the weak,
4. be patient toward all [men].
5. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];
6. ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].
In this morning’s devotional we will be looking at the sixth, and final, of Paul’s exhortations to us…
ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men]
In this exhortation we find 3 basic parts:
1. “ever follow” in other words “Everywhere, and at all times, pursue”
2. “that which is good” in other words “that which is beneficial”
3. “both among yourselves and to all men” in other words “among members of your church and all men”.
Everywhere, and at all times, we are to be seeking to do that which is beneficial among our fellow laborers in Christ and all others with whom we come into contact. In other words, we are to constantly seek to have lives which are spiritually beneficial to those around us.
Specifically, what does Paul mean by “that which is good”? He seems to explain this idea in greater detail in Romans 14:18-19…
“For he that in these things serveth Christ [is] acceptable to God, and approved of men.Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”(Romans 14:16-19)
In this text we can see four basic “tests” to reveal to us “that which is good”:
1. Is it acceptable to God? In other words… Is God pleased with it?
2. Is it approved of men? In other words…. Is it recognized as beneficial to men?
3. Does it make for peace? In other words… Does it promote unity, harmony and peace between men and God?
4. Does it edify ourselves and others? In other words… Does it strengthen ourselves and others?
Folks, these four questions make up the test by which we should judge our life pursuits.
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.(1 Timothy 6:11-12)
Examples of things that will “pass this test” include: righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness. Please notice that each and every one of these, when put to the above four-part test, will produce a resounding “yes” to each question of our test.
May we all seek to pursue “that which is good” for ourselves and those around us. By doing so, we will enjoy a close relationship to the Lord, a productive prayer life, and divine protection from our Lord.
Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil.And who [is] he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? (1 Peter 3:11-13)