4. Empowering to Love
Make your meeting together with believers a meeting specifically for the empowering to love. Empowering to love.
Don”t be unintentional when you get together. Don”t just say, Christian fellowship is good, so we are going to get together and talk. It is good. And talking is wonderful. But the stakes are too high these days to be that casual and lackadaisical about your gathering.
Verse 24 says, “Consider one another in order to stir each other up to love and good works” (literal translation). There is a clear goal. We are meeting so that when we leave, we will have more power to love, more resources to love, more motivation to love, more wisdom to love and do good works, so that people will see our good works, as Jesus said, and give glory to our Father in heaven. The visible glory of God is at stake.
And not only is there a clear goal, there is a kind of urgent intentionality. The word “Consider” suggests that we come on the look out for how we can specifically help other people get power to love. So the fourth point is: Be intentional in your coming together. Aim at empowering each other to love and good works.
5. Strengthening Faith in the Promises of God
The last point is in answer to the question: How do you empower another person to love and good works? What is the root of love? What is the root of all righteousness and truly good deeds? The answer is belief in the promises of God. So the fifth point is: Make the main basic goal of every small group to strengthen faith in the promises of God.
This is implied in verse 23: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love . . . ” So these two things are very closely related: stirring each other up to love, and helping each other hold on to hope in the promises of God.
How do you empower someone to love and good deeds in spite of all the obstacles they will run into at home and work? Answer: build their hope in the promises of God. Love grows on the taproot of BELIEF in the promises of God.
Notice carefully: the target of our exhorting one another is twofold. First, in Heb. 3:12 it is the evil heart of unbelief. We should do all we can to help each other battle unbelief in our heart. It is evil and it can lead us to fall away from the living God. Second, in verse 13 the target of our exhorting is the deceitfulness of sin: ” . . . that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
A heart of unbelief gives rise to sin. And sin is the opposite of love. We must help each other BATTLE UNBELIEF. We must help each other fight the fight of faith. None of us is above this need.