Exhorting“But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you have be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” –Hebrews 3:13

What does the author of Hebrews indicate in the above verse? The author seems to indicate that we need one another. We must encourage each other in the faith, to look to Jesus for our help.  Who doesn’t like to be encouraged? We like to be encouraged because it encourages us.  It is loving to encourage one another.

This verse came to my attention through my pastor a few weeks ago.  How well do I encourage those in my church? If I’m honest, not well.  It doesn’t say once a week or whenever you get together, now does it?  It says everyday.  If there is any doubt in the text what the author meant, he clears up any confusion when he says, do this as long as it is called, “today.”  So, all the time?  Every single day?  You better believe it.

I have failed to do this…

I Don’t Have Time

Encouraging OthersYes, neither do I. It seems as if no one has time these days.  But let’s think about this for a minute. We have cell phones so we can contact one another whenever we want. There is phone calling. Texting. Email. Facebook messages. And much much more. Honestly, we are without excuse.

Let’s consider who the author was writing to.  This was written to the early church. They did not have ways to contact each other like we do today. Texting was not invented yet. Neither was email.  Even house phones were non-existent.  Yet, the author of Hebrews says to encourage one another every day, well, as long as it is called today. We have it easy, but have failed to do this – at least I have.

The author emphasis this point. Encourage one another daily!!  We need it.

Please do not misinterpret this. Some may say, “Well, no one encourages me,” or “I’m always the encourager.”  Great!  Keep it up. The author does not say to stop if no one returns the encouragement.  Keep it up.  Your fellow brothers and sisters in the faith need you. 

 

Justin is a husband, father, and a writer. He is passionate about equipping parents, glorifying Jesus, and helping the local church. Justin currently resides in Michigan with his wife and two daughters.

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