When we provoke one another in acts of love and good deeds, it is kind of like we are poking one another, challenging one another to hold ourselves accountable to go above and beyond to do these acts of love and good deeds and not just talk about them.
God's abundance is not limited by our lack of imagination or fear.
We cannot separate loving our neighbor from loving God. Period.
But something stirred within him that day. Jesus had brought out a stubbornness in him; a stubbornness that he guessed could be the “faith” his healer had just mentioned. A stubbornness to hope in the goodness and beauty of the world despite everything that seemed to indicate otherwise.
There are times when putting the Body of Christ first means putting our comfort and convenience last. There are times when moving forward means letting go of some things. There are times, when making room for resurrection, that some things have to die in order for new things to sprout up in their place.