Galatians 5:26, Hebrews 10:24
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one
another. *And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to
Provocation can be in a positive sense also. God wants us to manifest
His love and do good works so much that it will provoke people to also
manifest His love and do good works. We are not competing but inspiring
and complementing each other. The same life of God flows in us. The
things we do are to edify one another and make the body of Christ
perfect and complete.
If you must ever provoke anybody let it be a positive provocation. Do
not do things to hurt people and do not also show love or do good works
for vain glory. Do it for God's glory only. If you do what you do just
to be seen and applauded by men, you have received your reward,
Matt.6:2. That means you have missed your heavenly reward. Don't put
stumbling blocks on people's way, Rom.14:13.
Pursue the things that produce peace and edification for others,
Rom.14:19. You can also provoke God positively too by responding to His
love and obeying Him. When Abraham obeyed God to the point of being
willing to offer Isaac (his promised and only child), the Bible says in
Genesis 22:15-18 ”and the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out
of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the
LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy
son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in
multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as
the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the
gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth
be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” Abraham had
provoked God positively.
Receive God's grace today to respond to His love and to continue to
manifest His love towards others.