Verse of the Day Devotion: Hebrews 3:13
“But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” – Hebrews 3:13
One of the things we should focus on is to exhort and encourage our brothers and sisters. And, as the writer of Hebrews states, we should do it on a daily basis. And we should do it as long as we are living here on the earth. Being a Christian can, at times, be difficult. It is our responsibility to help us all remain true to the faith and faithful to God.
There are many ways we can exhort the brethren. Temptation can be difficult to endure, especially if we are already in a difficult place. It is important that we take the time to encourage people who are struggling. If we are struggling, we would want someone to help us with kind and loving words. In regard to temptation, help each other, through prayer and encouragement that this temptation can be resisted and beaten through the Spirit who lives in us. Take the time to check on each other, especially those who would be considered the weak in the faith.
Be willing to encourage people in any way necessary. As described above, we sometimes need to be encouraged not to do what is wrong. However, there are times we need to be encouraged to do what is right; what is a good thing. I have known people who do not believe they are competent or ready to go out evangelize to the lost. Anyone who is saved, in my opinion, is ready. What they need is some ideas on how to do it effectively. The best way to exhort someone in this way is to stand with them till they become comfortable.
There are times when we need to be encouraged that God loves us. This can happen when some circumstances occur that cause us to not love ourselves, which we then turn to ‘God does not love me’. I have been there myself. But a good man spent time with me, and he showed me that God will never reject us. Peter put it this way. “Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7. No matter what we do, God will always care for us. His love is everlasting. We can always go to Him, and He will be there. There are more reasons we sometimes need encouragement than we can ever know. One way we can show the love of God with our brethren is to encourage them and exhort those who need it. It may help them keep from giving up and walking away. So, if you see someone who needs encouragement, or who need help fulfilling a calling, take the time to lift them up, in prayer, and in helping accomplish the good God has called them to do. This will help us all to grow in the love of God and honor Him in all we do. It will also keep us all from being hardened and defeated by the deceitfulness of sin.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.