A suggestion: Follow warnings with expressed confidence

I’m sure you’ve experienced it sometime in your life… Someone gives you a warning or a rebuke and follows it up with, “but I am confident you’ll do what is right and won’t let that happen to you!” There it is – A warning or rebuke followed up by expressed confidence and yet a word of caution.
In my Bible reading this morning I came across a passage in Hebrews that does just that… The writer of Hebrews gives a serious, straightforward, even severe warning to those he is writing to (and contrary to some interpreters of Scripture, it is NOT simply rhetorical!)…
He warned them, “It is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.” The point? You turn your back on Jesus and there is no hope for you!
But then he expresses confidence in them, but adds just a word of caution…
“Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (From Hebrews 6:9-12)
Two things came to mind as I read that passage this morning…
First, whenever I have to deal with a person or situation in a direct manner as a leader (or parent), I want to follow the example of the writer of Hebrews – follow it up with a sincere expression of confidence (but also with just a word of caution).
But secondly, in my walk with the Lord, I never want to presume on my salvation! The writer of Hebrews warning is to be taken seriously! But also the confidence that he expressed in these believers (with just an added word of caution). Hey, in this Christian journey, I want to be “all in – all the way!”

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