Three Aspects of Christian Fellowship

Published July 17, 2016 by LPCOC in Bulletin

After we were dismissed from our Wednesday night Bible study, I noticed a few things that really encouraged me and I want to share them with you now. After our devotional, singing of hymns, and prayer concluded a few minutes after 8:00 pm, I observed in the auditorium brothers and sisters in Christ sharing time with each other through conversation. I witnessed handshaking, embracing, and laughter. Some members were huddled in groups, while others just sat and listened to each other. The amazing thing about it all was that it was 9:00 pm and we were still there. What a wonderful gift God has given to us in each other and that we can share and depend on one another whether we are happy, sad, or just simply need to talk.

There are three things that I would like for us to consider this week, including myself, before we come to services and greet each other. I hope you will find it helpful as you gather together in fellowship.

  1. A Kind Thought: Others are not mind-readers. The only way they will know that we have a kind thought is for us to say it. How sad it is to let kind thoughts go unspoken. 1 Corinthians 2:11 a “For who among men knows the thoughts of man except the spirit of the man, which is him?”
  2. A Kind Touch: A hug, a pat on the back, a firm hand shake—what wonders they produce! Our actions speak volumes. Such expressions of friendship, praise, and acceptance should never be withheld. Acts 20:37-38 “ And they began to weep aloud and embraced Paul, and repeatedly kissed him, grieving especially over the word which he had spoken, that they should see his face no more. And they were accompanying him to the ship.
  3. A Kind Deed: Passing up an opportunity to do a kind deed could be detrimental to the one who would benefit from it as well as the one who could have performed the kindness. Never let an opportunity to do good pass you by. Chances are you may not get a second opportunity. 1 Timothy 6:18-19 “ Instruct them to do good, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.

I look forward to seeing all of you and hope to have a moment to converse with each one. I count this as one of my best blessings from God, as He puts us in each others’ lives so that we may glorify Him through our love for each other.

Love, Chuck

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