And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

Be Patient

According to a Decima poll, healthcare in Canada, is a true test of patience. The survey conducted among many Canadian households has revealed that nearly 40 per cent of the respondents were unable to realize timely medical guidance and facilities, especially during the bygone three months. The Decima poll conducted amongst 3,000 Canadians has shown that 81 per cent of households required medical care during the previous three months and felt the waiting times were unwarranted. Many felt that emergency care and appointments with specialists were unduly delayed.

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It has been said that 80% of the work in a local church is done by 20% of the people in the church. I don’t have verifiable evidence of this, but having been a local church pastor for many years, I suspect it is true. It is also true that in too many churches a lot of grumbling and complaining goes on. It was certainly the case in the church in Thessalonica. Paul had to deal with this in his first epistle to that church. In 1 Thessalonians 5:14, he writes “And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” The leaders of the church have the responsibility to warn the idle and disruptive to get with the program. The Bible is very clear that the Body of Christ needs everyone who is a follower of Christ to use their gifts for the sake of the whole Body. If you are a leader in a church, you are called to deal with the idle and disruptive, as well as encourage the disheartened, help the weak and be patient with everyone.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley