Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This is a subject that has troubled me for sometime. It seems the fast paced “rat race” of the world is creeping into the Church. We see “mega churches” (if they can be called this) offering fifteen minute sermons, available at different convenient times with different styles of worship. Even when the Gospel is preached, there is a get in and get out “fast food” mentality. I see more and more churches giving up the mid-week meetings.
We know the Universal Church is made up of regenerated believers and is not a building. But there seems to be a disconnect between the brethren in many churches today, almost an independence from one another. Scripture clearly shows how we are to love one another and how we need to be as one body in Christ.
“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” (1 John 3:14)
“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.” (1 Peter 1:22)
As new creations we are to love the brethren, this is one of the evidences of our regeneration.
“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.” (1 John 3:16-19)
Wow! Lay down our lives for one another ? How beautiful! This love between brothers and sisters in Christ is deep! That we are to care for the brethren in need is so opposite of the world’s ways, worldly people look after themselves first. This is a selfless love.
“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 11-14)
Not only are we to esteem one another, but we are to submit to those whom the Lord puts over us. This helps us grow when we are shown the truth in love and given gentle correction. We need this so badly in most churches!
Well, I wanted to share a few verses and thoughts on how the relationships of brothers and sisters in Christ are to be. I hope you have this in your local church, if not I would encourage you to seek out fellow believers to have fellowship with. This is so essential for our walk.
May the grace of our Lord be with you,
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