The Joy of Fellowship

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7, NLT)

Reading this today, I realized something:

If –> then.

But if we are living in the light . . then we have fellowship with each other.

Women Bow And Pray

The support of other believers in our lives isn’t nice; it’s necessary. Not necessary for salvation, but necessary for us to grow as God intends for us to grow. (Certainly, there are rare circumstances where a believer is isolated, like a prison camp. But most of us have the incredible opportunity to spend time with other believers.)

Do you spend time with other believers? If not, here are a few ways to get started:

  • Find a church home.
  • Join a small group.
  • Invite friends from church or your small group over for dinner, out to eat, or to an event.
  • Start conversations with strangers when you’re in the grocery store, in the dentist office, on an airplane, or anywhere else you have the chance to meet new people. If they’re already believers, encourage them in their faith. They might just encourage you in yours! (Of course, if someone isn’t a believer, you have an opportunity to be God’s light to them and bring them closer to loving Him.)

Challenge

  • Do you visit believers who are home-bound?
  • Do you visit believers in the hospital?
  • Do you visit believers in nursing homes?
  • Do you invite believers who have become isolated to come back to fellowship?
  • Do you pray and fast for the persecuted church across the world?

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7, NLT)

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