Why Christians Need Each Other

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  1. Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Why Christians Need Each Other
    That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
    —1 John 1:3

    Have you ever been having a conversation with someone when you overheard your name being mentioned across the room? Did you notice how suddenly you started listening?

    When we speak of God’s name, He listens. Malachi 3:16 says, “Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name.”

    The phrase “the Lord listened and heard” could be translated “to prick the ear, to bend down, so as not to miss a single word.”

    The Lord loves it when we talk about Him together. That is what it means to fellowship. Acts 2:42 tells us that the early church “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship.” That word fellowship comes from the Greek word koinonia, which could be translated “fellowship,” “partnership,” or “communion.” And it even could be translated “to be generous.” So this word koinonia encompasses all those ideas. It is far more than socializing. It is where people get together to talk about the things of God.

    Sometimes I will hear people use Jesus’ name as profanity. I’ll say, “Careful. He listens when you say His name.” Jesus listens when we say His name. He is paying attention. He also listens when His people speak of Him and fellowship around His name. He loves it when we talk about Him. He listens when we speak His name.

    Fellowship is praying together. It is serving together. It is giving together. It is aging together. These are the fibers of fellowship. Fellowship with God and with His people go together. And if you find yourself out of fellowship with God, you will soon find yourself out of fellowship with other believers as well.

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  2. AMEN CoffeeDrinker AMEN!!!! I love it!!!!! And it is oh so true!!! I love sitting down and talking about God and all He has done for me and others. And, when You are sitting and fellow shipping you can feel His presence. So, yes he is there listening.
     
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  3. I do, too. I am fortunate to be able to have a bible group at my office. A lot of office would not allow this today with all that goes on. My office is not like that. Our leaders are Christian men. When I told them we have a christian book club that meets and discusses christian books they were a bit shocked and happy. They like that we do these things. I am so very fortunate to have so much freedom. In today's world you cannot discuss Christ in schools and in a lot of companies. God has truly blessed me so much. I can tell people over and over what he has done for me. He delivered me from a really bad marriage of 28 years. I was so thankful to be rescued. God loves me and I know it. I pray out to Him daily in need of more of Him. I just crave Him. Does that make sense.....
     
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  4. Makes perfect sense!
    Thank you for sharing this devotional, and your testimony, and how special your workplace is. It was really good!

    Blessings
     
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