"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works..." (KJV: 'provoke one another').
The "stir up" or "provoke" is paroxusmos, from paroxuno:
to make sharp, sharpen
to stimulate, spur on, urge
Isn't that a beautiful thought! 'What can I do to sharpen my brother? What can I do to spur my sister on in love? What can I do to stimulate my brother to good works?' It's a lifelong, joyful task, given by the Lord: a way to take up our cross daily, which involves self-denial and submission of our will to Jesus. As we deny ourselves and follow Him, He shows us how to fulfill His law of love:
Then Jesus told his disciples, 'If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.'
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
I want to do this more in my own life, by the Spirit's prompting. So often it's far too easy to get bogged down in the daily grind. Lord, help me remember to show kindness to my Family, and to listen for Your voice.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Maybe someone who knows Greek, or has the resources to find out, can tell us more about paroxusmos.