Hebrews 10: 24-25 (HCSB) – (24) And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, (25) not staying away from out meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

As Christians, we’ve got some things backwards. When trouble comes up, and we get down and depressed, our natural reactions is just to hold everything in, and seemingly hide out from the rest of the world.

But the moment we do this, we start abandoning the help that God wants to provide.

Let’s look at these verses.

Let us be concerned about each other.

As a Pastor, this can be a touchy subject. People really expect you to just know if something is wrong, but how can I, or any one else for that matter, know when you are not willing to be open. Our concern comes from this one point: Jesus loves each of us, and we should love each other.

But in order for this love to show, we have got to trust each other, and not expect some type of magical knowledge to appear so we can know you have a struggle. Let us know.

Promote love and good works.

We’ve got to love each other in such a way that it compels the one struggling to go on in the midst of trials.

Not staying away from our meetings, as some habitually do.

It is easy to hide during struggles. It is difficult to pull yourself up by your bootstraps, so to speak, and go on. But we seem to abandon or stay away from the one source of strength we have, meeting together.

This is just more than just church services, though this applies. When we come together, Christ should be exalted, and if we humble ourselves under His mighty power, as He is exalted, He will exalt us in due time.

Don’t abandon church during hard times. Don’t abandon fellowship with other believers. Extend love, even though it is hard at times.

Encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.

The Lord is coming again. And with that promise comes this promise: If the world hated Jesus, it will hate us as well. There is coming troubles, trials, and persecutions.

We need to hold on to each other, and even more so as we see the time of His coming drawing near.

Church shouldn’t be just another religious meeting place, it should be a hospital. A place that you can receive comfort, peace, security, healing, restoration, reconciliation, and the list could go on and on.

Trust God enough with your difficulties by trusting the church and the people within it by being open with the difficulties you are going through.

Dont abandon the church, but run to it. We are waiting for you with open arms; arms that have also experienced heartache, pain, and suffering, but have come out humbled by the goodness and grace of God found in Jesus Christ.

Visit Church this Sunday. This is your open invitation, no matter where you live.