Every time I stand up to preach, I have the privilege of watching God’s living word accomplish dynamic things in the lives of people. In 1 Thessalonians, Paul spells out three distinct functions that the Word of God performs in our lives…
As you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does his children.
~ 1 Thessalonians 2:11
Now watch this…
To “exhort” is to BUILD UP people.
To “comfort” is to HOLD UP people.
To “charge” is to FIRE UP people.
I don’t know about you, but I need all three of those in my life every single day I need to be built up because I crumble on my own. So Word of God… exhort me. I need to be held up because I falter on my own, so Word of God… comfort me. I need to be fired up because I flicker out on my own. So Word of God… charge me.
And every time I preach, counsel, advise, or encourage, let me do these three things in the lives of others.