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.
—1 Thessalonians 5:12-18
by: Dale Rood.
Our reading again focuses on maintaining relationships, this time specifically with other believers instead of the larger community in which we live. There are definite expectations for believers living with each other. Simple things like “help the weak,” “live in peace,” and “warn those who are idle,” give feet to the love and respect we need to have for each other as believers. It is interesting to note the admonition to respect those who are in authority over us (v.12-13), and to note the need to work on our own attitudes in order to live with other believers (v.16-18).