Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. [Hebrews 10:25 BSB]
This may be one of the most overused verses in the bible. It is often quoted to shame people for not attending a church service or special event. Sadly those who quote it often forget that Jesus taught us that he is there when two or three are gathered together in his name.
The heart of this verse is about our need to be with each other. Sharing our hearts as we spend time with each other. It is really difficult to share anything in a religious service where there is not two way communication. Hard to find encouragement when no one is listening.
Conversely, I have found so much encouragement when someone listens to me with an empathetic ear. There is so much inspiration in small group settings. The Holy Spirit seems to be in the dialog and in the sharing of hearts. It is why we must labor to schedule such times with the ones we love.
Help us to find times to be with people that refresh us and those in need of encouragement.
... this devotion is part of a series from the book of Hebrews.