And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)
Love And Good Deeds
That is what I need to be, of that I am sure. I have no doubt. What are you sure of, without any doubt? You want me to be an example of your love to others in the world. You want others to see your love flowing in and out of me. You want others to see your light and life in me. You want me to be a bold and bright witness for you in the world. You want my life to be an example that others can follow. You want me to become like you in all that I think, say, and do. You are my example. Yes, I am. You are molding and shaping me. Yes, I am. You are making me into your masterpiece. Yes, I am. You loved others. Yes, I did. Your life was a demonstration of love as you did good deeds for others. Yes, it was. That is the kind of life I want to live. I want to love like you loved. I want to give like you gave. I want to serve like you served. In every way and on every day, I want to become more and more like you. That is a good and right and pure desire in you.
I will tell you a secret. What’s that? It’s not really a secret. You want what I want. You will not be alone in your efforts. You will not need to struggle and strive and dream up good deeds to do for others. I will bring you opportunity after opportunity to love and do good deeds for others. There may be times when you will wish that you had less opportunities to show love by doing good deeds for others. Don’t grow weary, don’t become tired, don’t give up. I will spur you on. I will encourage and lift you up. I will strengthen you to do the work I will give you to do for me. You will be a bright witness for me in the world. I will accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans through your life. You will bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Thank you, Lord.
There is more. What’s that? As I spur you on to love and good deeds, you will spur others on to love and good deeds. Both your life and your words will encourage others to do my work in the darkness of this world. Look not only for the opportunities I will give you to love and do good deeds but look also for opportunities to spur others on to love and good deeds. Both will come to you in abundance. I will love and do good deeds. I will spur others on to love and do good deeds. Both will be very good. Thank you, Lord, for using me in your service.
Lord, I know this world is starving for the kind of love that only comes from you. I also know I have fallen far short of demonstrating your love in this world. Help me to love others. Lead me to do good deeds. Make me to be a bright witness for you in this world. Amen
Key Question… When has someone, both by words and example, spurred you on to loving others and doing good deeds?
Living It Out… Make it your consistent and ongoing practice to spur others on to love and good deeds.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will help you to spur others on to love and good deeds.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you have spurred someone on to love and good deeds.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you consider how you can spur others on to love and good deeds.
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