1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Our verse is another exhortation from Paul … and guidance regarding our relationships with one another.
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 (NIV)
9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Implicit with encouraging one another is how we speak to one another. King Solomon gave this advice:
Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
In looking at the events that continue to ensnare our nation, I pray that we will continue as believers to find ways to speak words of encourage … words that reflect the command our Lord Jesus gave us: “Love one another as I have loved you.” (Cf. John 13:34) And, “Forgive one another as the Lord forgave you.” (Cf. Colossians 3:13)