10 Steps to Building Biblical Relationships
Biblical Building Block #8
Consider One Another (Hebrews 10:24)
Hebrews 10:24, And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Everyone needs encouragement! That’s why the writer of Hebrews exhorts us to “…consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” (Hebrews 10:24). This means to thoroughly consider something; to think something through from the top to the bottom; to think hard about something; or to deeply ponder a matter. When God urges us to “consider one another,” He is saying we are to be so concerned about each other’s welfare that we take time to regularly and seriously contemplate how we might encourage one another.
The local church is designed by God to be a spiritual family where people sincerely love and are mindful of each other’s needs. Church should be a place where everyone is committed to being a blessing to one another. If each member of a local church family took this approach, observing and contemplating each other’s needs this thoroughly, it would be very hard for discouragement to find its way into the family of God. We can’t encourage one another unless we are regularly together. When we are invested in encouraging one another, we are also learning to function well as Christ’s body.
Every Christian has a place within a local church. Every Christian is needed within a local church. Every Christian has responsibilities within a local church. Every Christian is to commit to the members of a local church and to love them, to encourage them, and to stir them up in zeal until the day of Christ’s return.
If you do not do your part to reach the lost, then the Church will not experience growth. Likewise, if you do not attend church, you will not receive the encouragement and accountability you need to continue sharing your faith. You will miss out on the iron-sharpening-iron effects of fellowship with like-minded believers. It’s time to let the Holy Spirit use you to be a source of encouragement to others and you can start by letting Him use you to be a blessing to someone today!
At least four things occur when God’s people come to church with Hebrews 10:24 in the heart and mind:
1.Exposure to God’s Word.
2.Encouragement of God’s people.
3.Exalt God’s Son.
4.Engagement in worship.
Points to Ponder:
· List 5 people whom you can stimulate to love and good works this week.
· Note specifically how you will do this.
· Develop in me a growing awareness of what others need
Questions to Consider:
· In what ways do you positively provoke or stir up others to love and good works?
· Are you a catalyst for others?
Prayer, Lord, help me not to become self-centered that I forget to think about other people’s needs. Often, I get so fixated on my own problems that I forget I am not the only person in the world who is struggling with a situation. Help me to take my eyes off myself and to look around me to see who needs a special word of encouragement. Holy Spirit open my eyes and help me be sensitive to recognize people who need a tender touch. I ask You for this work in my life. In Jesus name, Amen.
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.