And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
The need for fellowship is always present: for it stirs up the gift(s) of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:26).
Moreover, as time shortens and adversities and persecutions abound, our need for fellowship increases.
Spiritual fellowship [coming together under the authority of God (prayerfully) to lift up Christ and yield ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit] bears much fruit:
- Love for the brethren.
- Love for the lost.
- Good works.
- A renewed mind.
- A strong faith.
- Corporate prayer.
- Trust in the work and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
- Trust in the faithfulness of God in His saints, without which, there is no unity [one mind and accord].
- Spiritual accountability.
- Corporate discipline.
As we are one with Christ and our brothers and sisters (John 17:20-21), God’s desire is that our love for and fellowship with one another is of the same nature and substance as our love for and fellowship with Him:
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Philippians 2:1-2)