Today is April 30, 2019

Verse of the Day — 1 Thessalonians 5:14

. . . encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.


God wants us to be encouraging, helpful and patient.


As we go through life, we meet mature Christians, baby Christians, and everything in-between.

And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able —1 Corinthians 3:1-2

Those whom God has allowed to grasp spiritual values and understanding are to be patient with those who are “not there yet.”

Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. —Isaiah 35:3

Although it’s easy to get frustrated with a new believer, or a weaker brother, when they continually mess up, God says to be patient, we may have to forgive someone up to 490 times!

Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” —Matthew 18:21

. . . encourage one another day after day . . . —Hebrews 3:13


Dear Compass,

You had a question in a previous GML, “Are you praying for the non-Christians in your sphere of influence?” Is there a verse to back this up? I can find commandments to “Go ye into all the world,” but nothing to pray for the salvation of sinners. Is there a chance that by praying about the lost we are relieving our consciences when we should be telling people about the gospel?


We realize that is being taught by some well-known teachers, but we disagree. If we are instructed to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and “in everything by prayer . . . let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6), that would mean we should pray about our witnessing. Additionally, there are these more specific verses addressing prayer and evangelism:

my heart’s desire and my prayer to God is for their salvation. —Romans 10:1

all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. —Matthew 21:22

However, don’t think that God “has” to save someone just because you are praying for them. That would mean you could effect someone’s salvation by praying, or not praying. And that’s not scriptural.


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