24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10 (NIV).
It is no accident that God saw fit for His people to meet together and that He called this His church. He knew how tough life is for us. He knew the struggles we would have. His love for us wanted to provide a way where we could rise above the struggles of life so that we could struggle well with life. And one of the ways He saw for this to happen was for us to encourage one another.
We can go through a lot of pain if we know people care.
Paul says to Philemon in his letter of the same name 4” I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, 5 because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. 6 I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. 7 Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.” Phi 1 (NIV)
Whenever we meet one another there should be an expectation of having our hearts “refreshed”. As compared to discouraged. Because the scripture says this is how it should be. But this expectation should not be invested in the other people. It should be invested in you. The first verse clearly carries this message and it requires that we come prepared (by “considering”) how we can “spur one another on”.
Can you imagine the impact if we all took this to heart and made it a priority for every time we meet? Let us be obedient and diligent and see if we can be more intentional in our meetings with each other and see how the Holy Spirit refreshes us.
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