And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)
Love And Good Deeds
Think about it. Think about what? Think about how you might spur another person on toward love and good deeds. Are you talking generally or specifically? You tell me. I think you want me to think generally and specifically. That’s right. You could start by thinking about how you have been spurred on toward love and good deeds. I don’t know how that would be helpful. Why is that? The people that have spurred me on toward love and good deeds have almost had to drag me kicking and screaming on the way toward showing love and doing good deeds. Think about that a little more deeply. I’m thinking. Nothing is coming. Then, I will ask you some questions. Go ahead, I’m listening. Did the person that dragged you, kicking and screaming, toward showing love and doing good deeds go with you? Yes, they did. They went ahead of me. They dragged me. Did they give you some elaborate theory as to why you should show love and do good deeds or did they simply provide you an example? They might have given me a few words of encouragement, but, they mostly provided me with an example. Did the person that spurred you on toward showing love and doing good deeds take no for an answer? Did they easily give up on you? No, they didn’t. They were quite persistent. They were even willing to drag me along, if necessarily. I’ll bet that was no fun for them. That’s right. But, they got you going, didn’t they? They spurred you on. Yes, they did. What general principles have you learned so far? I can spur someone on to showing love and doing good deeds by going with them and by being their example. Also, I shouldn’t take no for an answer by easily giving up on others. That’s right. Will you do these things? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Now let’s talk a little more specifically. I’m listening. Did you become active in showing love and doing good deeds through some mass appeal? What do you mean by that? How often have you responded favorably to a general request for your help? Not, very often. But not, never. Would you say that making a mass appeal to a large group is a good way to spur someone on toward showing love and doing good deeds? No, I would not. What is a good way to spur someone on toward showing love and doing good deeds? I need to ask and encourage people that I know to join me in showing love and doing good deeds. They can join me in the work that you have already given me to do for you. Yes, they can. Yes, they will, when you ask them.
Lord, I want to encourage others in their faith. Help me to carefully consider how I can spur others on in showing love and doing good deeds. Use me as a role model of showing love and doing good deeds. Help me to take action in showing and doing good deeds. Amen
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