Monday, April 28, 2014

Marsha's Musings: Stirring the Pot or Stirring Up? (Hebrews 10:24, 25 NKJV)

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24, 25 NKJV)

I have seen my share of people "stirring the pot" in churches.  They are trying to gain a following of people so they can advance their own agenda in the church. 

Wouldn't it be wonderful if they took that "pot stirring" energy and began "stirring up" the people to love and good works instead?

I've often seen verse 25 used to guilt people who miss church once in a while. This verse says "as the manner of some is".  In other words, missing church is their habit, not just an occasional occurrence.  

What I find interesting is that these legalists, in their haste to put people on guilt trips, seem to ignore what is said about stirring others up to love and good works in the previous verse. They ignore this and by their legalistic demands cause people to be discouraged instead.

How can I stir people up to love and good works?

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