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Provoking my Son, in a Good Way

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“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” Hebrews 10:24 (KJV)


I was casually hanging out with my son and asked him what he thought was important in the book of Hebrews and he quickly said “be with … come along side”. 


Too often especially us “alpha males” are intent on going through the going through by ourselves. I can handle this … I can handle that … We see asking or seeking help as a sign of weakness. Instead, we are created to be relational beings, to come along side to encourage and we are to:


Consider one another: “Consider" is the translation from Greek which speaks of attentive, continuous care. We are to take careful notice of each other's spiritual welfare.

to provoke unto love: The purpose of this attentive, continuous care is to stir up (provoke) brotherly love, that without encouragement and rekindling can easily grow cold.

and to good works: I am to encourage my son in doing the deeds that will last. And do this good in the strength of the Lord so that he can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?“ (Heb 13:6).


It's a call to be empowered by God and do life together. I am to lead by example.


My son will often refer to his time with me as “dad or daddy time”, which of course warms my heart. I am a little ”long in the tooth” in my dad 2.0 time but I am also a bit wiser and cherish the time I have been given to have an impact on my son’s life. I am passionate about several things in my life, not the least of which is God Almighty and what he does and can do in each of us. How passionate do you think God is about His time with you?



Daily Battle Order: Pray on having two or three Godly appointments this week- those people that you can come along side. Sacrifice some of your time and thought. Whether it’s a relative, friend, or new acquaintance, simply be with them and let His Spirit lead you in caring for them.

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