Discouragement is real, we all experience it.
To â€˜stir upâ€™ is to cause someone to feel a strong emotion and desire to do something. The writer to the Hebrews urges his readers to consider one another to stir up love, agape, and good works. Love, unlike faith and hope, can only be practiced in society and needs stimulation. Forsaking fellowship is a sure way to give place to discouragement. Discouragement festers when there is a lack of fellowship and exhortation from other believers.Â
Gathering together of Godâ€™s people in fellowship is a command. Our motivation for fellowship must be to obey God and to give to others. We gather together to receive from God and to give to God. We gather to bless and encourage each other through our shared faith and values, to work together. As the day of Jesusâ€™ return draws closer, we should be more committed to the fellowship of Godâ€™s people.Â
Are you discouraged, or in need of fellowship? Would you trust God through your trials and be unwavering in your labor for the Lord? Is there someone who needs your encouragement?Â As a church, we need to arise.