For as long as I can remember, I was taught to “treat others as I wanted to be treated.”
When I became a Christian, I learned also to “love God and love my neighbor as myself.”
These are beautiful truths and commands in God’s Word in relating to others. I wish I could say I follow through on them perfectly. But, I can’t, because I don’t. Some days I do a really lousy job of them all.
Even as I fail, I continue to try, with God’s help.
But in all my years of studying the Bible, I’ve missed something I perceive as pretty special, as pretty significant. A verse that impacted my thinking and has given me a new motivation.
Last night as the house was quiet and my heart became still before a full week ahead, I opened my Bible to think on the sermon my pastor gave yesterday morning. As I was locating the Hebrews passage, a verse earlier in that chapter caught my eye. I’ve read this chapter before, but yet this one verse seemed new to me.
How have I missed this??
Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds. Hebrews 10:24 NCV
And here’s another translation:
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. Hebrews 10:24 NLT
It prompted questions:
How often do I think of ways to motivate another person to do acts of love and good works? (Do I do this at all??)
How often do I help others show love and do good? (Again, do I do this at all??)
What does that even look like??
When I think of helping others, I think of many other ways… but helping others to acts of love and doing good doesn’t naturally come to my mind.
This is a new thought for me, and a new motivation!
Maybe I’m the only one in the world who has missed this gem of scripture. (I kind of hope I am!) If we lived daily with this focus, can you imagine how different this world would be? Imagine a different atmosphere at home, work, school, church. Imagine the love and joy that would be rippling out to numerous others on a daily basis.
Sure, I still desire to treat others as I want to be treated. And my heart is drawn to loving God and loving others. But now I’m motivated to help others to love and do good.
Friend, help me here. How do you help others to show love and to do good deeds? What are some ways we can motivate each other to show love? To do good things for others? (I’d love to read your thoughts!) Please help me create a list in the comments section below.
Today is a great day live this out. I invite you to join me.