We urge you, brothers, to admonish those who are idle, cheer up those who are discouraged, and help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.
"Comfort! Yes, comfort my people," says your God.
But the person who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding, encouragement, and comfort.
For everyone can prophesy in turn, so that everyone can be instructed and everyone can be encouraged.
So forgive and comfort him, or else he will drown in his excessive grief.
So then, encourage one another with these words.
So then, encourage one another and build each other up, as you are doing.
I will get up, go to my father, and say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and you. I don't deserve to be called your son anymore. Treat me like one of your hired men."' "So he got up and went to his father. While he was still far away, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, threw his arms around him, and kissed him affectionately.
This punishment by the majority is severe enough for such a man. So forgive and comfort him, or else he will drown in his excessive grief. That's why I'm urging you to assure him of your love.