23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. - Hebrews 10:22-25
Not only are we instructed to hold each other accountable to love and good works, we are also supposed to encourage one another when we meet. Meeting with one another should be a time of refreshing and strengthening for our souls.
God designed us to be relational beings, we're not meant to walk through this broken world alone. We were meant to be in community with other believers who support and encourage us, who will cry with us and love us through the difficult days, who will lift our chins and point our eyes back to Him when we feel defeated. That’s why we feel so refreshed when we spend time in church, in small group, or in community with fellow believers.
The enemy wants us isolated and alone because when we’re by ourselves, he can whisper thoughts of defeat, thoughts of fear, thoughts of anger. When we’re alone, there is no one to challenge those thoughts, and our emotions magnify. Our trials grow into mountains we cannot climb, and we see no way out. Our fears, our anger, our despair explode in our minds and spiral out of control.
It is in these moments that I fight for my faith and remind myself how refreshed I feel when I meet with fellow believers and receive the encouragement my soul desperately craves. Encouragement to keep fighting the good fight, encouragement from a testimony of God at work, encouragement from a truth revealed in His Word, encouragement from a loving hug, encouragement from a prayer offered up for my heart, encouragement that helps me to see it's not all about me.
God knows this about us - He knows how defeated we can get when we are alone - so He specifically tells us NOT to neglect meeting together. I am so very thankful for the communities where I find with beautiful, loving, Godly women who encourage my heart every time I am with them.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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