1 Thessalonians 5:12-18

I have been beyond blessed to have strong Christians in my life:  the youth advisor who gave me hope at thirteen, a mentor who loved me as I was when I was at my lowest, a woman who took me into her home as family, a mother who humbles herself before the Lord to sing His redemptive praises, a leader who encouraged me to lead my own group, and more still who show grace, love, and compassion.

Without these people I would not be me. Without them, to be completely honest, I probably wouldn’t know Jesus.

That being said, I may not always like what they had to say. Paul talks about how we need to hold those who admonish us in the highest respect. Do you know what admonish means? To warn against or reprimand someone firmly. I can’t think of a single person who enjoys that being done to them.

However, it is important to have these people in our lives. I need the people who love me enough to call me out when I am flirting with sin because, I don’t know about you, but what I want to do is not always the right thing nor is it good.

Call me human.

Thank God I have people in my life who recognize this and remind me that whatever instant relief I may feel from sin it is not worth the long-term turmoil. I need someone to warn me when they see me going wayward–whether it is in music, television, or actions.

Who in your life is keeping you accountable? Who in your life is brave enough to call you out on your garbage?

Whoever that person is, love on them today. Thank them for their continual service to your growth and well being. Doing what is right, good, noble, and helpful is far from easy.

Then, turn around and be that person for someone else. With gentleness and in love point out a harmful pattern or habit in someone’s life. Remember, this is not about being better than anyone, this is about being Christ’s disciple. Jesus came to Earth so that we would be right with God. No longer do we need a priest or religious man to do the reconciliation and sacrifice for us–we can be the hands and feet of Jesus as soon as we accept Him as our Lord and Savior! Show Christ’s love to someone you know by pointing out what is good and encouraging them as a brother or sister thereafter.

I want to thank the women in my life who have shown me what it means to be a Godly woman. These women have gone from teacher to friend in a beautiful cycle. I want to thank the Christian men who have stepped up to be Godly examples when my family lacked them.

I am loved and held accountable by people who wish to see my thrive.

I am a grateful girl.

I leave you with the words of Paul when he says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”