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07/09/2009

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A Shot In The Arm


"And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds" (Heb. 10:24).

I think I may take two days on this one...I am old enough to remember when doctors made house calls. For those of you that are too young, that meant that the doctor actually came to your home to find out what was wrong and administer what was necessary. I had the measles when I was eight years old and Dr. Cutler came out to our home. The result was not a fun experience for me. I got a "shot." (in a fleshier place than the arm!) I also have fond memories of my smallpox vaccination when I was very young and a series of three shots when I was about twelve or thirteen for the dreaded polio disease. The shots were given to "stimulate something in our bodies, whether to kill some present infection or to prevent one in the future. Today's verse tells us about a "shot in the arm" that we are supposed to give to one another.

"But do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others" (Phil. 2:4). There are so many scriptures about taking interest in our "neighbors." Today's verse talks about stimulating others to love and good deeds. The concept is that when something good is done for someone that they will in turn, be provoked (the KJV word) to do good for someone else. What a great church we would be a part of if this was the constant manner. What a wonderful world this would be if this was the common practice!! A mutual interest in the church results in "if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it" (1 Cor. 12:25). The lessons we are taught about sharing as a child should remain with us all of our lives.

As we consider how to stimulate one another, we should be loving (1 Thess. 4:9). As Jesus taught about forgiveness in Matthew 6, as we consider one another, it should be with a forgiving attitude. We ought to attempt to restore one caught up in something he should not be in, with a spirit of gentleness (Gal. 6:1). We will stimulate one another if "with all humility and gentleness, and patience, we show tolerance toward one another in love" (Eph. 4:2). If we exhibit these characteristics, we become closer to being like Jesus. It ought to be our goal. More about this tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day....Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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