What are You Stirring Up?

The Scripture at the heart of the message this past Sunday was Hebrews 10:24-25. Take time to read it now. No Bible? Click the Scripture reference to read online at BibleGateway.com.

Pastor Bonnie reminded us that the church is where hurting people gather to find encouragement. It should be a place where words spoken build up and not tear down.

I wondered… Do I encourage anyone…?

…let us consider how to stir up one another
to love and good works…
Hebrews 10:24 ESV
Stir up… these words seem a bit out of place. When I think of something being stirred up it’s usually bad. Other translations use spur or provoke, both equally intense words.
What we usually stir up with our words come from hearts stirred up with hurt, anger, or bitterness. The words flowing out of such a heart do the same, they cause division and discontent. 
But God’s people are called to be peacemakers. We should never air our grievances from a contentious attitude. When we share our stirred up hearts with fellow Believers we should be seeking godly counsel and prayer to take steps toward peace and reconciliation.
If possible, so far as it depends on you,
live peaceably with all.
Romans 12:18 ESV
We know how to stir up trouble, but how do we stir up love and good works?
Consider this week what it looks like to stir up love and good works.
What kind of heart provokes good? and not evil?
What are you currently stirring up when you gather with others? Discontent? Or love?


Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths,
but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion,
that it may give grace to those who hear.
Ephesians 4:29 ESV
Just some thoughts from Sunday.
Carol Weaver
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