from the book -
The Daily Devotional
for the 21st Century!
us consider one another in order to stir up love
good works" (Heb 10:24)
Christian love, is indispensable to equip believers to do God's work and
prepare them for the coming of the Lord. The author of the Epistle to the
Hebrews speaks about love here in the context of corporate life. In this
there is both the positive side and the negative. Positively, mutual love
is to motivate believers to good deeds (v24); negatively, it is to prevent
them from backsliding (vv26-29).
4:9-12 is perhaps the best Old Testament passage to illustrate this New
Testament truth: "Two are better than one, because they have a good
reward for their labour" — This relates to the positive aspect,
namely "good deeds." Then the preacher goes on to say, "For
if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone
when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Though one may be
overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not
quickly broken"—The words "falling... overpowering...
breaking" relate to backsliding. Spiritual warmth and strength are
the immediate outcome of fellowship (Eccl 4:10-12).
all know the Parable of the Lost Sheep. How does a sheep get lost? It gets
separated from the flock and strays alone. And it falls an easy pray to
the enemy. As long as the chicken stay together and close to the hen, they
are safe. But when one chick strays from its mother, the eagle easily
snatches it away. God's perfect will for His children is that they grow
together, go together and glow together.
awfulness of backsliding is explained in Hebrews 10:29-31. "Of how
much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has
trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by
which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of Grace?
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." This
passage follows the warning against the neglect of assembling with
fellow-believers (v25). Faithful participation and growth in the
fellowship of God's people is God's antidote for backsliding. There is no
substitute for the "love of the brothers and sisters" (1 Pet
1:22). This would mean that every believer should express his love in
action by caring about others in the fellowship. We go to Church not only
to worship God but also to show love to His people. A formal greeting or a
handshake is not enough. An enquiry with genuine concern is the first
step. Loud music after a service or a meeting makes it difficult for
believers to talk conveniently to each other.
lead me, Lord, that I may lead
The wandering and the wavering feet;
feed me, Lord, that I may feed
Thy hungering ones with manna sweet!
R. Havergal, 1836-1879)