10:23 “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Give thanks to God, for we can enter the presence of the Most High through the death and resurrection of Jesus. In Christ Jesus we are forgiven and invited into the family of God as one of God’s beloved children whom the Lord deeply loves and forgives through His extraordinary grace.
Given God’s gracious love for us in Christ we are instructed, in Hebrews 10:23, to hold to our hope in Jesus. We are asked to encourage and to help one another to live the love of Christ and to do what is good. We are not to neglect meeting together with each other, that is assembling as followers of Christ in worship and fellowship and support. For when we meet together we are encouraging each other to hold to our faith and practice in Christ. Jesus is faithful and we are to remain faithful as well to him.
This chapter concludes warning the Christians to refrain from sinning after they have received the truth of Christ. The sin here is giving up ones faith in Jesus perhaps because of the persecution they have experienced and may undergo again. Instead, they are encouraged to persevere and remain faithful. God will punish those who give up their faith in Jesus but he will reward those who persevere.
In every time, God’s people face adversity and troubles. In some eras Christians pay a heavy price for following Jesus, giving their lives as martyrs. And today there are many places in which Christians suffer greatly, even unto death. Pray this day for those who suffer much for following Jesus. Pray for Christians who are overwhelmed with the troubles and brokenness of life, so that they will not despair and lose hope. May our hope in Jesus remain strong this day and always.