- 1 Thessalonians 5:14 (NKJV) Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.
“The best of men are but men at the best, and the strongest men are weak if God’s mighty hand is for awhile withdrawn.” _Charles H. Spurgeon
Heed the words of Charles Spurgeon; preach and teach to help people not straighten them out.
We are not called to “fix” people we are called to strengthen them in the faith. If somehow through our efforts as preachers and teachers people can believe on Jesus then there is hope for them.
Remember this is a journey. In the words of Spurgeon, the best of us are still but mortal men and women—badly in need of God’s grace and mercy.
Having served the same congregation for over 19 years now I have witnessed firsthand the best and worse in people; yet I can truly say that staying focused on pointing people to Jesus Christ works. The most sour of people will eventually sweeten up and the most bitter of people will become better.
Be patient with people; they are not changed by winning an argument or proving a point. They are changed by showing and sharing the love of Christ to them day by day.
Fix people? Hardly // but help them—that you can do by the grace of God.