'Encourage one another daily...so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.' Hebrews 3:13 NIV
Sin is a filthy, stinking, rotten liar. That stuff that promises to feel soooo good at the expense of being able to stay close to God, well, it’s bad stuff. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already got an inkling of that. So why mention it? Because we all have to be continually careful not to fall for the lies. Today’s verse is about the sort of encouragement that stands alongside your Christian brothers and sisters and says, ‘Come on family! We know Who we stand for! I’m with you, don’t give in to that distraction!’ And frankly, from time to time, we all need someone to say it to us. The full verse even includes the phrase ‘...encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today”...’ (Hebrews 3:13 NIV) The writer’s got a sense of urgency—like the message of solidarity, of support for each other, is really needed, and needed now. We suspect you’ve noticed this already, but your Christ–siblings are surrounded by tasty temptations, right now, that would trap their hearts and turn them to stone, if they give in. God’s prevention plan for this disaster? You, fellow–Christian. Your encouragement could be the lifebuoy that drags someone back from sin. Get on to it now! Who do you know who loves Jesus, and needs to know the arm of a fellow–follower around them ‘whilst it is still called “Today”’? Fire off a message to remind them why they’re a Christian, and that they’re not alone. Quick!
SoulFood: Rev 10-14; Luke 14:1-14; Ps 136:13-26; Pro 6:32-35
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