“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11) This verse begs a few questions. First, explicitly: why in the “therefore” and secondly what are encouraging, what are we building up in one another? Verses 8-10 answer both questions: But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.Read More →