“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”Hebrews 3:13
One of the greatest gifts we can give to each other is that of encouragement. With the technology available today through cell phones, texting, email, etc., a word of encouragement goes a long way. Even a handwritten note sent via “snail mail” may help another person get through the day.
The author of Hebrews is telling us to encourage and exhort one another daily, implying that friendship and fellowship are taking place. Such dialogue and communication with encouraging words may bolster and affirm a friend dealing with the daily trials and temptations of life. Our Hebrews 3 passage is describing the constant challenge to our life of faith. We help one another and inspire each other to be faithful and motivated in our commitment to Christ. Indirectly, this also develops accountability as we are reminded that others are watching and care about us.
It’s not complicated. Give a “cup of cold water” in Jesus’ name (see Mark 9:41). Give a hug, send a text, make a call. Do something while it is called Today.
Set aside the fears of the day, and light up a friend’s life with a smile, a hug, or a good word.