Our scripture this morning is Hebrews 10:23-25.
Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Paul writes from prison to the Hebrews and Christians dispersed around the known world. His intent is to show that Jesus came for all of us and His grace is available to all. However, we must be willing to admit our wrongdoing and claim Him as our savior.
In this passage he encourages us to “provoke one another to love and good deeds.” While this is indeed the message Jesus preached, it is what God had planned from the beginning. In Leviticus 19:18 we hear “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The message of love has always existed.
God wants us to love Him and each other because we were made for each other. We may disappoint our Heavenly Father with the ways we treat each other, but His love is always there, and He is always ready to welcome back His wayward children. The Day of the Lord is coming and we must be ready to meet Him.
Gracious God, You created all that is out of love and asked only that we return Your love and treat each other as You intend. Bless us to show Your love to all the world. Amen.