"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. Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:23-25
I wonder how many committee meetings, how many study groups and how many other types of teams consider first how to spur one another on toward love and good deeds?
How conversations, e-mails, meetings conclude with the people involved stronger, encouraged to love for having me as part of the conversation?
To encourage is to edify, to make stronger. Spur is to move into action--the suggested evidence of such engagement is love and good deeds.
One thing is clear, while criticism may spur, it does not spur to love. While empty compliments may feel affirming they rarely move another to action.
Words that produce have weight and power, they effect change.
It also makes clear that to accomplish this, there is a meeting together. The kind where one is tempted to pull back from.
Message is to stay active, engaged with a purpose or intent of leaving someone better than you found them.
Are my words offered with those goals?