VERSE OF THE DAY
For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.
For God does not lack fairness. He does not forget what you have and have not done in honor of work for him or have shown your love and honor to him by caring for others as you do for this he blesses you
What Does Hebrews 6:10 Mean? ►
For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
The book of Hebrews is written to enable growing Christians to mature in the faith. It instructs us how to walk in spirit and truth. It trains us how to live for God and teaches us how to stand fast in the evil day. And although there are many warnings against falling in our Christian walk, and many instructions on how to live godly lives, there are also many passages that are wonderfully uplifting and which offer great encouragement.
The verse in question, which immediately follows an important warning against spiritual immaturity and some elementary instructions on reaching full maturity, gives some great encouragement to believers who are seeking to stand firm in the faith, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.
“God is not unjust, so as to forget your work and the love, which you have shown toward His name,” was the heart-warming statement these Hebrews Christians read: “The Lord will not forget all the good work you have already done in ministering to the saints… nor will He overlook the work that you are still engaged in.”
The hallmark of true faith is active, Christian love which is carried out in the power of the Holy Spirit. And the faith of these dear saints was manifested in the ongoing work they performed to the glory of God, together with their selfless labour of Christian love, in ministering to their brothers and sisters in Christ.
The writer to the Hebrews knew that God was not unjust and that those that are trusting Him will never be disappointed by Him. There are occasions when we need correction and times when we need instruction… but God knows that there are also times when His people need encouragement.
What an assurance, therefore, to be told that the eyes of the Lord will never miss any good deed we do for His glory, nor will be unaware of any labour of love that is shown to Him through a tender ministry that is directed towards His people.
What a great encouragement it is to all the people of God – to know that the Lord is aware of the thoughts of our hearts, the words that we speak, and the actions that we carry out in love – for His praise and glory. How uplifting to know that even a cup of cold water, which is offered from a heart that is right with God, will not go unnoticed nor unrewarded.
What does Hebrews 6:10 mean?
As in verse 9, the writer of Hebrews seeks to comfort those reading the letter. The early parts of chapter 6 were ominous, with warnings about how spiritual immaturity leads to faithlessness and God’s judgment. In verse 9, it is made clear that the Jewish Christians reading this letter are not necessarily doomed to this fate. Their good deeds, on behalf of God, are obvious.
This verse continues to emphasize this idea. The idea that God is absolutely fair—or “just”—in His attitude towards their good deeds is a preview of the next passage. The people who were criticized for being spiritually immature, and in danger of “falling away,” are at the same time living out a very Christ-like love for others.
This is a useful point to remember when discussing spiritual maturity. According to this passage, a person can serve God, loving others with good works, and yet still suffer from an immature approach to Christian truth. The intent of Scripture here is not to dismiss love and service, of course, but it is also not meant to relax the threat of “falling away.” Service to God is a good thing, and a sign of sincerity. But it’s important to love truth, and grow in wisdom, just as much as it’s important to live out our love for other people.
As in all other New Testament instances, the term “saints” is a general reference to all saved Christians. This is not a special category of religious heroes.
Hebrews 6:9–12 provides a softer tone than the prior passage. The writer has criticized the Hebrew Christians for their lack of spiritual maturity, and warned them of the serious danger presented by such a shallow faith. At the same time, these verses indicate that they were doing well in their service to God and their love for others. This section of Scripture reassures the reader that the intent here is to encourage them to continued growth—not to frighten or intimidate them. The next verses will highlight the reasons all Christians can approach their faith with confidence.
Chapter 6 expands on the dangers of a shallow, immature faith. Rather than attempting to re-explain the basics, the author intends to press on. According to this passage, shallow faith opens up the risks of doubt, discouragement, and disobedience. These lead to a situation where one’s only hope for restoration is through judgment, much as Israel experienced for forty years in the wilderness. Since our hope is anchored in the proven, unchanging, perfect, absolute nature of God, we should be confident and patient, rather than fearful