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Final Exhortations: Love, Purity, Contentment Final Exhortations: Love, Purity, Contentment

Final Exhortations: Love, Purity, Contentment


A recent poll asked people about their perceptions of Christianity. The leading negative impression cited was hypocrisy, the perception that Christians say one thing but live another way.

The danger of hypocrisy is not new, and the final chapter in the book of Hebrews offers a series of exhortations to encourage consistency between belief and practice. First, we are called to genuine and practical love. We must love our fellow Christians “as brothers and sisters” (v. 1), but we must also love those we do not know: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers” (v. 2). Opening our homes to those in need is a way to live out our identity as followers of Jesus. Finally, love must be demonstrated toward the vulnerable, those who are mistreated and imprisoned. Scripture likely has in mind fellow believers, and calls us to love them “as if you were together with them in prison” (v. 3).

Second, we are called to lives of sexual purity. In our day when the divorce rate is extremely high, even among Christians, Scripture’s exhortation is timely: “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure” (v. 4). Christians should not only value marriage but work hard to preserve it and encourage couples who are struggling. Strong Christian marriages can become a powerful witness to a world full of adultery, promiscuity, and sexual immorality.

Third, we are called to contentment: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have” (v. 5). A love of material possessions will only erode contentment. Scripture reminds us that God’s providential care will provide for our needs; we can rest assured of His presence and help, and we need not run after materialistic goods.

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BY Bryan Stewart

Bryan A. Stewart is associate professor of religion at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. His particular interests are the history of Christian thought and the way that early Christians interpreted the biblical canon. He is the editor of a volume on the Gospel of John in The Church’s Bible series (Eerdmans), and he has done extensive research on the ways that the early Church preached on this Gospel. He is an ordained minister. 

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