Posted on Wed, Jan 2, 2013
Overcoming Failure in Relationships
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25
As we say farewell to 2012 and prepare for 2013, many individuals may take the opportunity to consider life’s successes and failures. It is at this point some will consider resolutions to expand successes and avoid failures. Benjamin Franklin said, “How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.” Whether we make resolutions or not, the beginning of a year seems like an opportune time to reflect or consider personal changes and improvements. As believers, we are instructed to “consider one another” for the purpose of stirring, or exhorting, or encouraging, or provoking to good works. What may be the most significant thought in this portion of scripture (Hebrews 10) is the specific instruction given for a hopeful outcome…coming together. What is clear is the foretold attitude of many believers…a reduction in and reluctance for fellowship. There is “the Day” coming when our commitment will be tested by fire and those who value fellowship with other believers will have a much greater chance of overcoming Satan’s snares. The accountability of others in the faith will demand greater intensity because our individual strengths will fade under the weight of the trials, travails & temptations. “The Day” will be like no other day. Our best intentions and individual willpower will seem dwarfed under the majestic power of the World’s gargantuan assaults. The age-old adage, “…together we stand, divided we fall…” is as relevant today as ever. If the enemy keeps us divided, he will be able to mass higher casualty/fatality rates. (see 2 Thessalonians 2:3) When we realize that “the Day” is closer today than ever, we should resolve to increase fellowship with other believers; then, we will transform into that “faithful Philadelphia-like” church (Revelation 3:7), with an ear to hear and the attitude to overcome.
In His Grace,
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