If you have ever watched the professional bicycle races, you have seen the large group of riders all riding in a pack. Doing so reduces the energy needed for bikers in the middle of the pack by as much as 40% as they have little air resistence to fight. This group is often called, “the peloton” (from the French word meaning “little ball”).
This is a good picture of what the church ought to be like. One’s walk with Christ is made easier when you are in the middle of fellow believers. They encourage you on. You encourage them on, until the finish line.
Those in Thessalonica were doing this. “Encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Are you?