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Keeping Through Provocation And Exortation

"And let us consider how to provoke one another on to love and good deeds" (Heb.10;24).

In sports, teammates often cheer one another on during a game. In some sports, cheerleaders are even employed to not only encourage the players, but to get those who are watching the game to cheer for their team... These "cheers" are intended to encourage the players to do their very best. The word "provoke" in today's verse comes from a Greek word that means to stimulate or incite...The word can be applied to things that are either good or bad, but in the context of today's verse it is obvious that we are to provoke or stimulate brethren on to good things... There are times when brethren actually need to cheer one another on. The verse is crystal clear... "And let us consider how to provoke one another on...." On to what? "on to love and good deeds..." It sounds so simple, but exactly how do we do it? I would suggest that we will stimulate one another by our sincere interest and consideration, and by our good example shown in our own good deeds.... Later on, in verse 25, the writer of the Book of Hebrews tells us to "exhort" one another. The word exhort in the Greek literally means to call to one's side. It actually calls for a greater action or involvement than provoking and stimulating. Instead of just observing or cheering them on, we are to go to their side, put an arm around their shoulder, and do what we can to prop them up and keep them on track... Depending on the need of the situation, exhortation can be expressed in a variety of ways. We can: warn the unruly (1 Cor.4:14), console and comfort the fainthearted (1 Thess.5:11), support the weak (Heb.12:12), relieve a burden (Gal.6;2), encourage them (Acts 4:36), help to teach the truth (Titus 1:9). I hope today that we see how we are our brother's keeper as we stimulate and exhort one another...

Have a wonderful day... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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