I do need to give this more consideration. I ought to be thinking, “How do I spur my friends on to love?” What would I be doing different? How would that look? Am I helping them do good?
God has a simple goal for us. God wants us to love. That is pretty much all he wants.
God also has a goal that we encourage others to love. How inventive can we be in creating love opportunities for everyone.
Loving and doing good should be our focus. That pleases God, our Father, and His son, Jesus, our Master, so very much. God has given us the power of the Holy Spirit to make it happen.
May I make love happen. May I perform good deeds today.
Therefore brothers and sisters … let us consider one another in order to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching. Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Heb 10:24–25). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Fellowship with God must never become selfish. We must also fellowship with other Christians in the local assembly. Apparently, some of the wavering believers had been absenting themselves from the church fellowship. It is interesting to note that the emphasis here is not on what a believer gets from the assembly, but rather on what he can contribute to the assembly.
Faithfulness in church attendance encourages others and provokes them to love and good works. One of the strong motives for faithfulness is the soon coming of Jesus the Messiah. In fact, the only other place the word translated “assembling” (Heb. 10:25) is used in the New Testament is in 2 Thessalonians 2:1, where it’s translated “gathering” and deals with the coming of the Messiah.
The three great Christian virtues are evidenced here: faith (Heb. 10:22), hope (Heb. 10:23), and love (Heb. 10:24). They are the fruit of our fellowship with God in His heavenly sanctuary.