And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25
Provoke One Another
Let us make it our mission and goal to provoke one another unto love and good works. We should not meet, talk, and fellowship without purpose. We must not waste time on frivolous things. The purpose, our purpose (one of them), to sharpen one another.
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27.17
It is possible that the writer of Hebrews 10.24 was inspired by Proverbs 27.17; both verses contain the same idea.
In verse twenty-five we are reminded about the importance of meeting together. This verse is often used as an authoritative command for faithful church attendance. But, it means much more. We are not to leave anyone behind. As God’s children we must spend quality time (teaching, meditation, and prayer) with one another. And I am not referring to church services. Christianity is a lifestyle.
Stand Beside One Another
By exhortation the writer is telling readers to encourage one another; there is also the suggestion of calling to one’s side. As we listen and encourage one another, we teach each other, and learn from each other. The pastor, group leader, and Sunday school teacher are not the only people responsible for teaching others. Standing beside and near each other, helps to develop a closer relationship, and by doing so we can inspire (provoke) one another to love and good works. It happens first within our own local church, and as we grow, it extends to our communities, and then the world.