CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: EXPERIENCING LIFE TOGETHER.

Life is meant to be shared.

GOD intends for us to experience life together. The Bible calls this shared experience fellowship.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN REAL AND FAKE FELLOWSHIP.

  • In real fellowship, people experience authenticity. Of course, being authentic requires both courage and humility. It means facing our fear of exposure, rejection and being hurt again. Why would anyone take such risk? Because it is the only way to grow spiritually and be emotionally healthy.
  • In real fellowship, people experience mutuality. Mutuality is the act of giving and receiving. It’s depending on each other. You are not responsible for everyone in the Body of CHRIST, but you are responsible to them. GOD expects you to do whatever you can to help them.
  • In real fellowship, people experience sympathy. Sympathy is not giving advice or offering quick, cosmetic help; sympathy is entering in and sharing the pain of others. Sympathy meets two fundamental human needs: the need to be understood and the need to have your feelings validated.

The simplest levels of fellowship are the fellowship of sharing and the fellowship of studying GOD’S Word together. A deeper level is the fellowship of serving, as when we minister together on mission trips or mercy projects. The deepest, most tense level is the fellowship of suffering, where we enter into each other’s pain and grief and carry each other’s burdens.

Real fellowship happens when people get honest about who they are and what is happening in their lives.

  • In real fellowship, people experience mercy. Fellowship happens when mercy wins over justice. You can’t have fellowship without forgiveness. Everytime you understand and affirm someone’s feelings, you build fellowship. GOD’S mercy to us is the motivation for showing mercy to others.

Forgiveness is letting go of the past. Trust has to do with future behaviour. Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt overtime. Trust requires a track record.

You were created for community.

DAY EIGHTEEN… THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE. POINT TO PONDER: You need others in your life. VERSE TO REMEMBER: Galatians 6:2. QUESTION TO CONSIDER: What one step can you take today to connect with another believer at a more genuine, heart-to-heart level?🤔🤔🤔

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