the antidote to deception

encourage each other daily ... so that none of you is hardened by sin's deception. [Heb 3:13 HCSB]

The Greek word parakaleite, translated here as encourage, can also be rendered as comfort, exhort or console. I love that! It reminds me of what Paul writes to the Corinthians about what it means to speak prophetically. In reality we need God's prophetic help to keep us from being deceived.

I sometimes think that encouragement is simply giving a friend our undivided attention. These are often the times when we engage our heart with the heart of another. In such moments divine words of comfort spring forth from within. These words encourage our hearts and keep us from sinning.

Teach us Father to hear the unspoken and see the invisible. That we might encourage a friend.

... this devotion is part of a series about the book of Hebrews.

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