by David Burns

Admonish One Another
David Burns
1 Thessalonians 5:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

Behind successful and effective admonishment is a heart of God, both within the one giving admonishment and the one receiving. Anything less will turn destructive and evil.

Have you ever been admonished? Have you ever had to admonish someone? Is it Biblical? If so, why is it almost unheard of today?

We live in a time when we're taught to be self-sufficient and dependent upon no one. As a result many people become self-centered and egotistical. More and more people are buying into moral relativism--the philosophy that truth is relative to the individual and that there is no absolute truth.

Unfortunately, moral relativism has begun to influence Christians and has even entered churches causing them to not to practice admonishing others.

While admonishing others is clearly Biblical, it is often avoided and neglected by the giver as often as it is refused by the receiver. Therefore, admonishment is seldom practiced.

Within Christianity we often hear that we are not to judge others. Yet, how can we practice admonition without using our judgment. Tolerance is a word we are hearing more and more. When Christians stand up for absolute truth found in Scripture we are labeled as intolerant of others. Worse yet even within the church when those in authority admonish other Christians it usually produces the same reaction. "What right do you have to judge me or force your opinions on me?"

Yet, admonishment is found throughout the pages of Scripture. A familiar example is when Nathan admonished David for his sin with Bathsheba. Nathan approached David because David's choices and actions were outside of God's absolute truth. There is plenty of talk about encouragement in the church but not much about admonishment. Nathan did not approach David to encourage him but to admonish him. Admonishment is not encouragement.

"And we urge you, brothers, warn those ...

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