I did this post in 2009 and it means more to me today then it did then. I had just moved to Texas when i wrote this and have learned so much in the 8 years that I have lived here. The community is more precious then I can possible say to you. I pray I never take for granted the gift that it is.
While living in the atmosphere of community I have found this verse very important. While living in community your life really is an open book. You become transparent and your deeds become visible to those around you. With all this it has been a time of looking inward and outward to truly get to know myself. We are to constantly look at our motives, desires and life in a reflective manner. I have learned that as a body in Christ we are linked in a Union that is most precious and needs constant care and respect. We are one. Which means a marriage of sorts. We are not to walk alone. It is learning how to walk amongst our fellow brethren and denying the flesh and becoming Christ like. This is not an easy task! We all come from living behind closed doors, doing a single family unit lifestyle. Which most times does not allow for growth or allow for change.
The commentary below is from Matthew Henry and has a very good translation of Heb 10:22.
Heb 10:22 (7) Let us draw near with a (i) true heart in full assurance of faith, having our (k) hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with (l) pure water.
We have the means prescribed for preventing our apostasy, and promoting our fidelity and perseverance, Heb_10:24, Heb_10:25, etc. He mentions several; as,
1. That we should consider one another, to provoke to love and to good works. Christians ought to have a tender consideration and concern for one another; they should affectionately consider what their several wants, weaknesses, and temptations are; and they should do this, not to reproach one another, to provoke one another not to anger, but to love and good works, calling upon themselves and one another to love God and Christ more, to love duty and holiness more, to love their brethren in Christ more, and to do all the good offices of Christian affection both to the bodies and the souls of each other. A good example given to others is the best and most effectual provocation to love and good works.
Not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, Heb_10:25. It is the will of Christ that his disciples should assemble together, sometimes more privately for conference and prayer, and in public for hearing and joining in all the ordinances of gospel worship. There were in the apostles’ times, and should be in every age, Christian assemblies for the worship of God, and for mutual edification. And it seems even in those times there were some who forsook these assemblies, and so began to apostatize from religion itself. The communion of saints is a great help and privilege, and a good means of steadiness and perseverance; hereby their hearts and hands are mutually strengthened.
To exhort one another, to exhort ourselves and each other, to warn ourselves and one another of the sin and danger of backsliding, to put ourselves and our fellow-christians in mind of our duty, of our failures and corruptions, to watch over one another, and be jealous of ourselves and one another with a godly jealousy. This, managed with a true gospel spirit, would be the best and most cordial friendship.
That we should observe the approaching of times of trial, and be thereby quickened to greater diligence: So much the more, as you see the day approaching. Christians ought to observe the signs of the times, such as God has foretold. There was a day approaching, a terrible day to the Jewish nation, when their city should be destroyed, and the body of the people rejected of God for rejecting Christ. This would be a day of dispersion and temptation to the chosen remnant. Now the apostle puts them upon observing what signs there were of the approach of such a terrible day, and upon being the more constant in meeting together and exhorting one another, that they might be the better prepared for such a day. There is a trying day coming on us all, the day of our death, and we should observe all the signs of its approaching, and improve them to greater watchfulness and