Navigating Discouragement: Stirring Love and Good Works

Published on Nov 29, 2023
Category: Devotion

Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Discouragement is real, we all experience it. 

To ‘stir up’ 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. 

Gathering together of God’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 Jesus’ return draws closer, we should be more committed to the fellowship of God’s people. 

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? As a church, we need to arise.

Lord encourage me that I may be an encouragement.

Author

Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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