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Outbursts of Love

Outbursts of Love

13 December 2011

Reading: Hebrews 9-11

Scripture:

23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:23-24 NLT)

The target audience of this letter, Jewish Christ-followers scattered around the Roman world, were constantly and increasingly experiencing hardship and persecution because of their faith in Jesus Christ. They were persecuted by other Jews as heretics and by the Gentile world as fanatics. Yet instead of recommending that they “hunker down” and look after themselves, God challenged them to “think of ways to encourage each other to Outbursts of Love.”

When I’m under pressure, it’s easy for my faith to slip into survival mode. I can easily start thinking of faith in terms of just meeting my own needs and ensuring that “me and mine” make it through.

How differently God sees it! He says, “When you’re under pressure and can’t see how it’s all going to work out, that’s the time for Outbursts of Love!”

It’s relatively easy to think about giving generously and helping others by doing good deeds at Christmas time. It’s the season for giving! What I want to grow in my life is an attitude of generosity and other-awareness that leads to Outbursts of Love and Good Deeds all year long!

And I don’t want my Outbursts of Love to be controlled or limited by the economy or by lack or by fear. So here we go… Let the Outbursts burst out!

Prayer:

Father, Please help me not to slide into survival mode – not now, not ever! I want to initiate and cooperate with some “Outbursts of Love and Good Deeds!” Let your kingdom come and your will be done in my life and through my growing faith in the lives of others. Amen.

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