Good afternoon! Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of exhortation.
Hebrews 13v22 And I urge you to bear with my word of exhortation, for I have written you only a short letter.
What ever we give up to Him in denying ourselves He will work in us for doing His will that pleases Him. We are not to be used for pleasing others, or loving others, or loving our own works, we are equipped for doing what He wants us to do and for one reason and one reason only and that is to please Him. We will know through our own hearts if we have pleased Him or not. There will be no guilt or shame our conscience is clear through faith in Jesus Christ being our judge. We who are pleasing to God do not judge ourselves we are judged by Jesus Christ and His love for us in our hearts in Him equipping us with everything we need to do His will.
We have been made spiritual workers for God and we judge all things. (1 Corthians 2v15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment) We are not here to please men or to love men with out pleasing and loving God first. The result of our love for Him in our relationship to the Lord reveals if we have been equipped for His work in loving others. We love others as He loves others means we do not love others because of what they do or who they are, we love them because they are a child of God created to be made into His image by the love of Jesus Christ our Lord. When he has equipped us with everything we need to do His work, and He will if we are willing to let Him, He will be giving words of exhortation to all that are in need through us. I promise you, when He has equipped you, He will send you people that are in need, and His word of exhortation will be pouring out of you. It is interesting to me that Paul has to apologize for writing a short letter with a word of exhortation. How many people want to be taught the truth in who God is today? How many people do we have to apologize to for not talking or writing long enough about words of exhortation from our Lord? The people He will bring us might not want to hear. They may be in your church, family, community, or around the world. Our Lord and Savior will make you his worker with words of exhortation just like Jesus and Paul were given words of exhortation. Exhortation means to urge, advise, or warn earnestly. We may get discouraged when He gives us people we hear that are not following our Savior with His ways and wisdom, because they might not want to hear our words of exhortation given out of love for them. Our burden is not that they do not listen to us, it is that their not listening will not be an advantage for them.( Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you has men who must give an account. Obey them so their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be no advantage for you.) When we have been given the word of exhortation from Jesus Christ we do not care if we please people our reward has been given to us already by our Lord and Savior by pleasing Him, our burden is they do not take advantage of Him and His message of grace given to them, we hurt for them. This is where most of us stop and do not want to go any further because pleasing people become more important than pleasing our Savior. We may be spreading the word only when it is covenant to us and not when He tells us. We have to remember He equips us to do every good work for His purpose and will. We do it when He tells us; not our will but your will be done. (Read Hebrews 13 and 1 Corinthians 3) I love everyone with the love God gives me for you with a word of exhortation given to you from Him!