Thankfully, Hebrews 3:13 reminds us that God has established an antidote to sin’s invisible poison, namely, the relational exhortation and warning that comes from God through the voice of a fellow Christian. Now notice what I did not say – I did not say that my eyes are opened to my sin because of someone else’s opinion. Rather, I said that my eyes are opened to my sin because God uses that person to speak his words to me. Think about that – the means of bringing sin out into the open is God’s words spoken through others who can see what we are blinded to. What I need from other Christians is not their opinion, no matter how well-meaning or articulated it might be. What I need is for my brothers and sisters to help me by speaking God’s Word to me – by laying biblical promises and warnings to me with the same heart that Jesus would have. When I need to be confronted with destructive habits, I need for someone to lovingly speak words to me like Hebrews 4:1 – “Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.” When I am sick or on my deathbed or feeling very much alone, I need more than a hug or a card as good as those things are. I need for someone to come alongside of me and remind me that God will never leave or forsake me (Deuteronomy 31:6,8; Joshua 1:5; I Chronicles 28:20; Hebrews 13:5).
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