Consider where you might be without His correction in your life.
Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you.
Deuteronomy 8:5 ESV
Praise God for His perfect discipline.
Thank Him for the love with which He gives it.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…
Spurs are used primarily when riding horses. Depending on the nature of the horse and rider, some spurs are simple smooth wheels that gently poke a horse’s side. Other spurs are sharp to provide a “stern” spurring on.
If you were a horse, what kind of spur would be needed to direct you in the way you should go? Why?
What type of spur have you used with friends? family? What happened? What was the result?
Once a horse accepts the spur as a form of encouragement, he often becomes obedient to the pressure of the rider’s legs directing him without use of the spur. Unless the horse is quite stubborn.
Consider an area in your life where you were once stubborn. What spurred you to move in another direction? Why?
How is God using this experience to spur on others in similar circumstances?
Continue the encouragement of self and others started in the first week of study. Do you or the other require spurring on? If so, how might it be done in a way that is steeped in God’s grace and love?