1 Timothy 5:1-2
Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity.
The word 'exhort' in my dictionary basically means 'motivation'. So this passage means that we shouldn't tear down people around us, but motivate them to be like a family.
We sometimes just leave the motivation part alone, deciding to let them worry about motivating themselves. But we have to make people want to fellowship with us and spend time/energy with us.
But we also can't force the matter (of course).
I'm a little confused by the last few words, 'with all purity'. Anybody want to give that a shot?
Have a great day in the world God created for us.
In His Service,