Our scripture this morning is Hebrews 10:19‭-‬25.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Knowing of Christ’s sacrifice for us and living in that blessing are two different things. Our awareness of His gift is the first step, but we must also use what He has given us. Paul says we must be “encouraging one another”, an indicator of what God wants of His forgiven children.

Especially during these difficult times we need to lift each other up, through prayer and by our words and actions. It is easy to be frustrated by our world situation, to pull back from interaction with others due to fear or anger. God wants us to remember that we were made for Him and each other, intended for connection.

Look for ways to build and maintain relationships, watching over each other in love. We must have faith, and we must also practice it. Jesus calls us to a living ministry, forgiving each other as He forgave us, and sharing the Good News with all the world.

Gracious God, You sent Jesus to redeem Your fallen children. Help us to live in the light of that renewal and show the world the joy of a relationship with You. Amen.

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