May 15, 2020
We have arrived at the last command in the “Let Us” patch in Hebrews 10.
NIV Hebrews 10:25
but encouraging one another-- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
The verb to encourage appears 109 times in the New Testament. The noun form is a title for the Holy Spirit. He is the prime Counselor or Comforter! (John 14:16, 26, 15:26-27), We have many opportunities to encourage others. We can console others in their distress. We can applaud others in their successes. We can confront others in their sins. But we can not help others if we forsake meeting together!
The command to encourage one another appears four times:
NIV 2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
NIV 1 Thessalonians 4:18
Therefore encourage one another with these words
NIV 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
NIV Hebrews 3:13
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today," so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
As you read these commands, look for the variety of reasons to encourage others. This is a ministry that is available all the time. It is a beautiful service to encourage one another. I believe that encouragers are encouraged by others. We could write a beatitude: “Blessed are the encouragers for they shall be encouraged!”
Paul was an encourager:
NIV Romans 12:1
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy,
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and pleasing to God-- this is your true and proper worship.
Encouragement is a spiritual gift to be exercised!
NIV Romans 12:8
if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;
The reason for the command is “we see the Day approaching.” The Day refers to the judgment of God. He will judge without favoritism and with justice. The judgment of all will come at the end of the age at the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:11-15). Believers will be acquitted at the Throne because by faith in Christ their names are in the Book of Life. Believers will appear at the bema seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:6-10). Our encouragement for those who do not believe is to call them to repent and believe on Christ. Our encouragement for other believers is to live to please God. The certain judgment of God does motivate us to encourage others! A healthy sense of urgency to encourage others arises as we reflect on the approaching Day! Judgment is nearer than we might think.
We have enjoyed our journey through the “Let Us” patch. I look forward to chatting with you again through these encourage0grams. I hope the Holy Spirit uses these to encourage you!
Your servant for Jesus’ sake,
2 Corinthians 4:5