"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. ... let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
The phrase “stirring the pot” typically has negative connotations. We may stir things up to expose old wounds, to insult, or to pay someone back for a previous hurt. That’s not at all what the writer of Hebrews means when he speaks of spurring one another on or stirring up love and good works.
To stir up another person, do so by encouragement. Listen and reassure someone who is trying to parent to honor the Lord, who is sharing the Lord as he is able with co-workers, or who is facing a trial and seeking to lean on God’s promises. There is no end to ways you might encourage another believer to keep traveling life’s pleasant as well as unpleasant paths with his or her eyes fixed on Jesus. Your very words of encouragement may be what God uses to move a person more firmly in the direction of His will.
We all need to be encouraged to be more like Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, applying His Word to our lives. As His disciples, we do this because we know the day approaches when He will come again.
Don't take someone's exhortation as criticism, but as a blessing to be more like Christ. Encourage all believers!
Bible In A Year
- Esther 3-4
- Psalm 39
- Luke 2