And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. – (Hebrews 10:24, NIV)
We should think about each other to see how we can encourage each other to show love and do good works. – (Hebrews 10:24, ERV)
Discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of love. – (Hebrews 10:24, TPT)
I love that this biblical concept has been made tangible to many as people seek to “pay it forward.” One small spark of kindness, generosity or grace can set off an incredible chain reaction. The great thing is, we can love and encourage others through small and simple things. The Passions Translation tells us to “discover creative ways to encourage others and motivate them toward acts of compassion…” I so appreciate this, as some of the seemingly smallest acts of kindness have had the greatest and most lasting impact on me, as they often come when I have needed them most. It costs us nothing to choose to offer a kind and encouraging word or to reach out a helping hand to one we see in need – we simply must choose to extend what we have received to those around us. May we seek the Lord and listen to His leading, so that we may discover creative ways to encourage each other and extend acts of kindness to all.
Let us consider,
How to choose love well;
Honor each other,
May our actions tell.
Tell of His goodness,
Extend hope and grace;
Each act of kindness,
Demonstrate His ways.
Choose seek discover,
To love and do good;
God’s grace understood.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You that though we do not deserve it, You come near and extend encouragement and compassion toward us in tangible ways. Thank You that You call us to look for ways to encourage and love one another as we reach out in ways that others can grasp. Forgive us for not always choosing words or ways to inspire those around us to greater love. Teach us to trust and rely on You to be our Source and Supply, so that we will encourage and motivate others toward compassion and acts of kindness. Show us how to love those around us in a way that spurs others toward love and good deeds. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we receive the love and encouragement that You offer to us and then go and give likewise to those around us. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. – Psalm 145:8