Good morning and welcome to Monday
Hebrews chapter 10 verses 24-25 says this “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching”
The New Testament stresses that Christians need the fellowship of others of like mind. An identifying mark of the true church is that the members have love for one another (John 13:35). Indeed, one of the criteria by which Christ will judge us is how we treat our brethren in the church (Matthew 25:31-46).
We seem to go through seasons in our lives don’t we? At the moment it seems my family and I need to spend a little more time with Christians in other areas and not so much with our own local church ( who have loads of opportunity to fellowship all be it remotely) but these dear folk need fellowship too.
God has given us ample instruction regarding how we should relate to other Christians. It is His purpose to teach us how to get along with each other so we can teach others about these things. We are to be unselfish and concerned for the needs of others (Philippians 2:4). God wants us to learn patience and forgiveness (Colossians 3:13), striving to be “kindly affectionate,” humble, and self-effacing in our dealings with one another (Romans 12:10). We should be giving and hospitable to our brethren (verse 13).
The New Testament is loaded with various admonitions on how we should interact with our brothers and sisters in the church. Obviously, God views our interaction with other Christians as vital to our training to become members of the God Family and qualifying for a position in His Kingdom. He wants us to develop interpersonal skills that equip us to deal with occasional differences of opinion. These are life skills but clearly are also needed in the church family.
Our fellowship should be a source of encouragement to one another. We should use this time to show love to our fellow Christians and to motivate them to perform acts of kindness and service for others. All of these exhortations show a clear need for us to be part of an organisation of God’s people. The spiritual food that God’s true ministers prepare for Christians keen to hear and learn from God is vitally important for our spiritual growth and development. The Apostle Paul talks a lot about this.
I trust these thoughts are stimulating for you all.