A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? Quem patronum rogaturus? Cum vix iustus sit securus?
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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Exhort one another every day

In our personal walk of faith, we tend very much to rely on the fellowship we share with our fellow believers in Christ: the people who walk with us on the road. Even if there is nothing explicit that they do or say, just their presence with us on the journey gives us comfort.

But such comfort cannot always be guaranteed. Sometimes even those we felt were strong in the Lord may lose fervor, become entangled in sin, or fall away from the faith.

We need to pay close attention to the words of today's first reading (Hebrews 3:7-14):

Take care, brethren,
lest there be in any of you
an evil, unbelieving heart,
leading you to fall away from the living God.

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.

The Greek word translated here by "exhort" has a deep richness of meaning, not just to exhort, but to encourage, admonish, comfort, console, entreat, strengthen, and teach.

We should none of our fellowship for granted - not even the "strong" ones - but rather, while we have the opportunity (i.e., "today"), we should every day exhort, encourage, comfort, and instruct our brothers and sisters in the Lord so that by the grace of the Lord we may walk together into the beautiful Kingdom that God is preparing for us.

Exhort one another every day,
as long as it is called "today..."