Encourage One Another
I hope everyone survived the snow and is ready to be back in class! Before jumping into the devotional this week I just want to quickly note one of our opportunities for Spring Break. The LifeLines trip registration closes tomorrow at midnight, so for anyone interested in going now is the time to register! Spots are filling up quick so get on it!
We should always be an encouragement to one another, supporting and loving our brothers and sisters. This week we are going to specifically look at a passage calling us to encourage, or exhort, one another daily, calling them to believe, and avoid sin's deceit. Hebrews 3: 12-14 reads, "See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end." Sin and unbelief hardens hearts, and leads us to stray from God, but standing firm in our convictions and to our beliefs draws us closer to the Lord and allows us to share in Christ.
Everyone struggles at some point with sin, and one of the best ways to help a brother or sister to walk in the light is to be a constant encouragement. In verse 13 the author of Hebrews talks about encouraging (or 'exhorting' in the ESV translation) one another daily, helping them to stay true to their faith and beliefs and not to wander away. The Christian life is not meant to be lived in isolation, we are supposed to be helping one another, and being an encouragement in someone's life is a great way to do just that. I would challenge every one of you to be encouraging your brothers and sisters in Christ daily. It doesn't take much, but it leaves a lasting impact. Let's stand firm in the faith together.
24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.