And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works. – (Hebrews 10:24, HCSB)
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)
Let us consider how to inspire each other to greater love and to righteous deeds. – (Hebrews 10:24, VOICE)
If we take our eyes off of ourselves and take a look around us, it is easy to see the need for love, kindness and good deeds all around us. I know for me, when I am the recipient of such, I am inspired to go and do likewise. The status quo gets disrupted in the very best way, I am compelled to do differently. May we each be concerned about those around us – our family, our friends, our colleagues, and each individual we encounter in a day, to look for ways to encourage and make the day a bit brighter. Sometimes, it is as simple as extending a smile or kind word. Lord, help us to be ever listening to Your leading so that we might encourage each other and make Your goodness known.
Lord, help us to look,
Fill one another’s cup.
To see all around;
The need of others,
Let Your good be found.
Show us through Your eyes,
How each person’s seen;
Lead us in Your love,
Bring the good to mind,
That will bless, build up;
The goodness and love,
That will fill each cup.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us to care well for one another. Thank You that You sent Your Son to model this for us. Thank You Jesus, that You demonstrated care, concern and encouragement in countless ways. From touching the untouchable, to feeding those who were hungry, You lived and loved in practical and tangible ways. Forgive us for the times that we neglect to follow Your leading. Teach us to trust in You and to listen in every situation and circumstance. Show us Your heart for each person we encounter and lead us to love and encourage as You would. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we look for ways to love, encourage and do good for those around us. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.” – John 13:34