Let us outdo each other in being helpful and kind to each other Heb. 10:24b Take tender care of those who are weak, and be patient with one another. 1 Thess. 5:14b
"Jesse tore a tendon in his elbow. There will be no more football for him this season." My first thought when I got this message from my daughter was that my grandson was going to be terribly disappointed. But before we had finished our phone conversation, the focus of my concern had shifted. Only three doctors in the country were qualified to repair this type of tear. This would involve time, travel and expense.
The writer of the letter to the Hebrews is writing to a group of Christians who were in the midst of turmoil. Many were on the verge of abandoning their faith. "Let us outdo each other in being helpful and kind to each other." The writer knew the importance of unity -- of being there for each other in Christian love.
The church at Thessalonica also faced opposition. Paul urges them also to take loving care of each other.
My grandsons arm would never have been fully functional again had he not been able to have the tendon properly repaired. It "held everything together." By the same token, love "holds us together" as believers. This cannot happen without some effort, but the tendons of love are vital for holding the body of Christ together and to keep it strong.
Lord, teach us to love as You first loved us. Amen.