“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.” (Hebrews 10:24)
Do you know what God sees when He looks at you and me? If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, God sees you through eyes of love — not as you are, but as you can be. That is the kind of love we are supposed to reflect as well. Since the Bible says that we can do all things in Christ, we should encourage each other. Our verse this morning actually says that we should be thinking of ways to “stir up love and good works” in each other.
Paul Simon wrote a rather depressing song back in the 60’s. It probably reflected the mood of the times, but the lyric were —
I’ve built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
Simon is attempting to claim that he doesn’t need anyone. People may try to live in isolation, but I think deep down inside we all need others to console and assure us during times of distress. Simon’s song went on to say, “A rock feels no pain, and an island never cries.” That’s depressing!
A little boy was observed on his way to church in a large city. On his way someone asked him where he was going. He gave the name of the church, which surprised the stranger. “That’s a long walk — why would you go so far just to attend church.” The boy replied, “Because people love you there!”
My friends, it is not enough to have the right theology — we need to be the right people! We must speak the truth in love. People do not expect from the church a constant stream of profound statements; they expect love, concern and caring. Some churches are marked by conflict — they spend all their energy defending their doctrines and attacking those who disagree with them. And all the while people are hurting — needing someone to care about them. Being “right” isn’t enough. Remember this: people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
So what are you stirring up this morning? Have you thought about how you could be an encourager today? Perhaps there is someone at work who needs to be “stirred up.” Or maybe your husband or wife could use a little encouragement. Why not do exactly what the Bible says and “stir up love and good works” in your spouse. When he/she get up off the floor from surprise — let them know that as a Christian we should all encourage one another. We we ask the right questions and demonstrate genuine interest and listen closely to our family and friends, we will be better at giving that much needed encouragement.
Instead of stirring up conflict today — try stirring up a little encouragement.
Have a great day.