Family Focus
One to One                            Oscar A. Benson
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Two boys who were close friends were confirmed in the same class. One of them stopped coming to the services at once. The other, under parental pressure, continued in church regularly. Unhappy without his friend, the latter kept urging his classmate to start coming. One Sunday he returned. From that day on he was among the most faithful of church members. A friend’s encouragement had enlisted a youth permanently for a happy Christian life.

What Paul said in the second part of our verse reads, “Build each other up.” Individuals building each other up spiritually, what kingdom potential! Imagine husband and wife, parent and child, brother and brother, sister and sister, yes, friend and friend, mutually concerned. What a group of builders, not of outward edifices but of dedicated personalities!