I stumbled on a beautiful verse. I have read and heard about this verse earlier. But today it sparked something new into my brain.
Here’s my devotion for the night.
Motivate one another towards love and good deeds
This is written from a perspective on, “How you can encourage someone towards love and good deeds.?”
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
The bible teaches us clearly teaches to motivate and urge one another towards love and doing good deeds. In a world where it is easy to gossip and talk negative, this verse might feel quite unnatural and hard to practice. It is easy to call someone a waste basket; bully them , call names, make fun and tease them publicly than to speak motivational words. Such actions of bullying can break people down emotionally and cause them to commit suicide. I have a friend who was bullied and made fun from school till college. I have seen the negative impact in his life. A small time of fun can cause damage for a lifetime. We have heard of people who were bullied and were so emotionally broken down that they committed suicide.
People are treated based on the looks and not based on the goodness that’s in them. We like to be quick and judgemental. If we were to see someone who looks like-a-celebrity, we will follow them and adore them. But if we see someone who looks like a dodo (not a cool person) … Imagine someone with braces and a poor dressing style…we would in no time keep them away from us. Why is that so ? Because we think, we’ll be bullied the same way if someone find us talking with them. We fail to understand that they are also humans just the way we are – created in God’s image just the way we were created. The way they were brought up might have made them look and act different but that can be changed. Every person has something good in them.
The bible teaches this. If you find someone who does not look cool enough. Go make them your friend. Hangout with them, motivate them and find out good things and talk about how great their character is. When you do that…they will realise that they are not as bad as they thought.
There are two things this verse talks about.
2. Good Deeds
Spur them towards Love. The writer of hebrews makes clear the fundamental foundation that holds all relationships together; that is Love. The bible says, God is love (1 John 4:8). And we have to show the same love to others. Often times, we see hatred has overtaken love. No matter how you try to talk to someone who comes from a broken home they will always find it easy to show hatred and bitterness and an inability to love and trust people. As children of God we need to make love surpass hatred. How can we do that ? We need to introduce them to our God who is full of love. Talk about his love that was displayed on the Cross. John’s gospel says, Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13) God did it. He called us his friends. (John 15:15) He showed His love for us. So we need to direct them to God who can put love in their hearts and make that love surpass all hatred.
The more love you show the more they will be transformed.
Spur them towards good deeds. Again, the writer of hebrews talks of a fundamental attitude that is christ like. That is motivate towards good deeds. When we meet someone from a broken home. They generally carry the notion that they are not good enough and that they are a piece of failure. God has placed unique abilities in all of us. Here’s what you have to do. Talk to them, find that unique abilities and tell them how good they can be with their abilities…talk, motivate and tell them again and again that it is possible.
Before you meet such people pray before you talk to them. So that you can be sure you speak the right motivational words. Ask God for his wisdom and revelation. Speak those words into their life. You will see that It will change them forever.”
The Message translation says it much clearly,
Hebrews 10:24, Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out..
Many times you don’t have to go the streets to find someone to motivate today…look at your friend that is right next to you and motivate them. That way, you will reflect the character that God wants us to posses.
Whenever you see people around you, think how inventive you can be in encouraging love and helping each other.