Encourage: Spur On
Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
Romans 11:22-23 NIV
Reflect on the Scripture in a way most meaningful to you. Memorize it. Read it out loud. Write it over and over. Draw what comes to mind. Look up the definitions of words which catch your attention.
Consider what He is saying to you about spurring on as a form of encouragement.
Read Romans 1:18-20
What is revealed from heaven? Why?
All mankind falls short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We are all sinners. Every one of us deserve His wrath.
Read Romans 8:1-4
What did God do? How did He do it?
Where do you see God’s kindness in the midst of His stern approach to our sin?
What was the result of God’s condemnation of our sin in Jesus’s flesh? What is the alternative to Jesus enduring what we deserve?
How does this reality move you toward appreciating God’s sternness and discipline? What do you find encouraging?