Jeremiah 37-39 Hebrews 3
“But encourage each other every day while it is “today.” Help each other so none of you will become hardened because sin has tricked you.” (Hebrews 3:13 NCV)
The author of Hebrews had just compared today with the past. Today is different. It’s a new day. It’s not like the past when the Hebrew people, after experiencing many miracles of God, hardened their hearts against God in the desert during the Exodus. Instead, since it’s “today,” a new day of walking with God under the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ, we need to encourage each other to stay strong in the faith. We all know people who, having experienced difficulties or being enticed by the pleasures of the world, have fallen away from their relationship with God. It’s too easy to become judgmental when that happens. Here, we’re told to encourage our brothers and sisters in the Lord when anything draws them away from God and show the God’s love and mercy to help them restore their relationship with God instead of becoming hardened against Him.
We all could use more encouragement, and we all could encourage others more. One of our Christian problems is that because we have the right beliefs, and our faith is strong, we have a hard time dealing with others who claim to be Christians who might have some different beliefs or who are going through a crisis of faith. We all have those crises, don’t we? Maybe we’re just tired and need the encouragement and strength that comes from THAT candy bar. Maybe we’ve been worn down by a world that’s constantly negative. Maybe we’re overwhelmed by the problems of the world knowing that we can’t solve all of them. Other believers are like that. When people are going through difficult times we need to keep loving them and encouraging them in their faith; not condemning them for any supposed lack. One of the amazing by-products of encouraging others in the faith is that God brings us encouragement as well. Today, election day, will be difficult for about half the people in the country. Spend some time encouraging others today, letting them know that whatever happens, God is still on His throne.
Lord, help me to be an encourager today. Let me show people Your love and grace when they’re dealing with troubles. May all I do and say today encourage others in their walk with You and give them strength to face the temptations and troubles of the day.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.