“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,”
And how is that done in us? It’s by that same kind of sacrificial, unconditional, and expecting nothing in return kind of love being exercised towards us personally.
CONSIDER, v.t. [L., to consider, to view attentively, to sit by; to sit. See Sit. The literal sense is, to sit by or close, or to set the mind or the eye to; hence, to view or examine with attention.]
1. To fix the mind on, with a view to a careful examination; to think on with care; to ponder; to study; to meditate on.
God has sovereignly placed us each in this body of His, and gifted each one of us, by His Spirit, with certain gifts, as He has seen fit, and one of the ways that God is to be glorified and extolled, one of the ways He is to be lifted up in this our generation is by taking heed and putting into practice the very word of God which we now hold in our hands and are considering…
“Let us consider one another…”
In Fine Art galleries, in front of certain paintings and fine sculptures there will be a bench. Not in front of every single one, only in front of certain pieces. Why? It is placed there because someone thinks that it would be well worth your time to stop, sit down, and really look at this painting, look at the attention to detail, look at the overall canvas…and consider.
This is also a military term. We see the Lord use it in asking satan if he has “considered” His servant, Job.
When the author says, “Let us consider one another,” that consideration should ultimately play itself out in being considerate.
CONSIDERING, ppr. Fixing the mind on; meditating on; pondering; viewing with care and attention; deliberating on.
1. Given to consideration, or to sober reflection; thoughtful; hence, serious; circumspect; careful; discreet; prudent; not hasty or rash; not negligent.
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
We are encouraged and exhorted in scripture, over and over, to be intentional in our considerations of others and that consideration should be lived out on purpose, for a purpose. And along the way I think you will find your joy increasing and God being glorified how we are demonstrating the manner of love the Father has given unto us so freely by His Spirit.