Stir up each other to love and good works

Posted by Matt Lane on January 30th, 2017 filed in Christian Living, Church, Faith, Small Groups

tells us to “stir up one another to love and good works”.  There are some 50+ other “one another” statements in the New Testament that we as Christians should pay attention to but in context, is a fairly good summary.

So stirring up one another is essential and part of how God has set up our sanctification process. Jesus gave his life for the church () and so it goes without saying that being with others is by design. We need to live in community so that we are known and where we know others. Biblical community helps to keep our hearts soft to God and others and is the foundation of the guardrails of the Christian life that God designed. Isolation can lead to unhealthiness in many ways but think the 7 deadly sins.

In community, I love to be challenged on things as it makes me think, confess, repent and change. Knowing the heart of the one challenging makes the experience sweet and I can receive it through the lens of them being for me, not against me. Being challenged in our Christian walk is so needed as we all wear blinders.

That being said, if someone charges at me instead of challenges, there can be more hurt than help. Charging gives the impression that it’s just about being right or about condemning and less about coming alongside someone. Now there are some situations when it’s needed. Jesus did it with the Pharisees in . Paul did it to Peter in . Great sin requires a strong response but this shouldn’t be the norm.

So let’s stir up and challenge each other but not charge (unless absolutely needed) so that we push each other to be “imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God ().

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And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,


And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,


Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.


You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.


But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.


5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

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