Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 113/260: Read Hebrews 13

There is so much practical power packed into just the first five verses of this chapter. Love, hospitality, ministering to the disadvantaged, marriage, and contentment.

“Let brotherly love continue.” Take care of your local church family, and, as opportunities arise, take care of the larger community of believers that you have yet to meet.

“Remembers the prisoners as if chained with them.” The writer does not specify if these prisoners were guilty of some illegal activity, or if they were being “mistreated” because of their devotion to the gospel. In either case, an imprisoned brother should not be neglected. Consider the inspired words of Galatians 6:1, and the Lord’s admonition in Matthew 25:34-40.

“Marriage is honorable among all.” Was that the case in the first century among non-Christians? Is that the case today, even among some in the Lord’s church? The immorality of the culture has sadly affected some in the Lord’s body so that they have become too “conformed to this world” and not “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).

Contentment is another issue that causes a struggle for many Christians. We get enamored with things, and it is a difficult impulse to control. Inspiration reminds us, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2).

These are good, simple, and practical reminders that wrap up the epistle to the Hebrews. “Grace be with you all. Amen.”

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Hebrews 11:6. But without __________ it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must __________ that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Pray

Pray for each other in daily struggles.

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