Monday, June 6, 2016

Hebrews 10:24 -- On Being Better Friends

"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:"
Hebrews 10:24

We all need help in life.  We need it from God, and we need it from each other.  It's so easy to help each other justify bad things for whatever reason.  So easy to say bad things about someone, or to blow off responsibilities.

And I'm not saying that we can't be funny or relieve stress sometimes.  But maybe we can find better ways to turn our humor, better ways to blow off steam, better ways to relieve stress.  We need to be helping each other do the right things, not the wrong things.  That doesn't mean we need to preach a sermon whenever we see a neighbor doing wrong.  But maybe it means that we can set a better example.  Maybe we can change the subject or choose a different activity.

Today, let's think about it.  How can we encourage love in our families and with our friends?  How can we encourage good behavior and not bad?  When we meet together, let's never be the bad influence.  Let's be the people who are making things better and the people that inspire others.  Let's pray about it, and learn to be the type of people we want to be around, and build friendships that help each other towards God and all good, rather than divert us in the other direction.

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