Exhort

Posted: November 26, 2013 in Hebrews

“But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.  For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. – Hebrews 3:13-14

Exhort

a:  admonition or encouragement for the purpose of strengthening and establishing

b. to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently.

 

There are many things we know to be true in the life of a believer.  Here are two of them:  Sin will sneak up to us in a myriad of forms and We were never meant to live this life apart from other believers.  These two truths are symbiotic; we need one to combat the other.

We have to take seriously the deceitfulness of sin.  It is such a trick thing, this sin is.  It’s easy for us to avoid the ones that seem extreme; murder, theft, even lying.  But what about the sins that we try to justify?  Things that God’s children shouldn’t look upon, or listen to, or read.  We rationalize that we are mature enough in our faith that we can withstand the allure put before us.

How about the internal tracks that our minds try to make us believe?  Lies like we’re not saved, that we’re not good enough, that God can’t possibly use us for anything.  What happens to our hearts, our testimony, when we believe these things about ourselves?

This scripture warns us that we may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  We can become indifferent to what we perceive as sin’s casual nature.

It is for this reason that we are told to exhort one another every day.  We need each other every day to remind us of the truth.  We need one another to build us up, strengthen our hearts with the truth and advise us when we are veering off the track.

It is when believers speak the truth of scripture in our lives that we are reminded whose we are and what we are called to do.  Share in Christ.  Believers help us hold onto the confidence that we need to have in Christ.  They remind us of His promises, of our hearts’ desire to share Jesus with others.

It would do us well to both exhort and be exhorted every day.

Father, remind us that we need the body of believers to walk in this life.  Help us to build one another up, while reminding each other of the truth.

 

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