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23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of
doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the
is faithful and he will keep his promises made to us in Christ.
Because I have professed faith in Christ, I will hold on tightly to the
hope I have in him. Christian community should be a source of
encouragement to all believers. It should also prompt us to grow in
love and to do good deeds.
Response and Action:
must hold on tightly to hope I have in Jesus. I must live out my faith
in the company of friends who also follow Jesus. Christian community is
necessary for me. I will be actively involved in the fellowship of the
Church. Christian friends can encourage me in my faith and spur me on
to do good deeds. I, too, can be a source of godly encouragement and
prompting for others.
O God, you
are faithful to your promises. Help me to remember your promises and
cling to the hope I have in you. Surround me with Christian friends who
can encourage me and push me toward righteousness. Help me to be a
source of encouragement and prompting for my Christian friends. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Romans 15:4-6
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us,
so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the
encouragement they provide we might have hope. 5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Encouragement: The Key to Caring
by Dr. Larry Crabb and Dr. Dan B. Allender