Provoked to Love

Read Hebrews 10:11-14, 19-25.

In verses 24-25 we read, “And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another.”

These verses remind us of the importance of gathering together with our siblings in Christ. If we practice our faith in isolation, there is no one to call attention to our growth, to encourage us in our discipleship, or to challenge us to be more loving and kind. Without community, there is no accountability and it is easy to turn inwardly rather than outwardly or upwardly.

How important do you think meeting together is in a person’s practice of faith? To what degree does participating in worship, in a small group, or a service organization provoke you to “love and good deeds”? Have there been times when you have felt disconnected from the body of Christ? What did you notice about your spirit of faith in those times?

Today, make it a point to notice and affirm at least one person’s loving act or good deed.