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1 Thessalonians 5:14

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.


This particular scripture was written to brethren or in other words to Christians and people who already embrace the LORD God as their Heavenly Father. So Paul found it necessary to warn Christians as to how to behave. There were four things that the Apostle told the brethren that they needed to do in this scripture. Paul said warn, comfort, support and be patient.

Most people do not have a problem warning the unruly because, first of all, we are so sure that we know what is best and secondly because we find that others behavior disturbs our world in some fashion. Warning the unruly was only one fourth of the equation given here by Paul. To the one negative thing given there were three positive things that the brethren were supposed to do also. Specifically after warning the brethren we are supposed to comfort, support and be patient.

It would seem, in these days, that the religiously vocal have no problem warning. We should certainly do as we are exhorted to do. However I would suggest that the majority of the time warning is done in order to control and bring into submission the masses for the benefit of the self-proclaimed religious leaders. I say that because it doesn’t seem that warning is one part of the equation followed by three parts of positive reinforcement called comforting, supporting and being patient with all men. Instead warning is all too often used as a scare tactic rather than being done from love.

A true servant of God is going to warn the unruly but they will follow up the warning with comfort, support and patience.