The Same Love for One Another as Him

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)

2 thoughts on “The Same Love for One Another as Him

  1. In the natural, we are naturally drawn to individuals like ourselves. It is not difficult to carry on a conversation with one who agrees or one who shares a similar pastime. It is not hard to invite one to lunch or a weekend getaway, provided they can pay their own way.

    We see this carried out daily in the places we reside and work. If we’re honest, we see this in ourselves. Who are my friends, “Are they just like me?” Who are my enemies, they’re nothing like me. We like people who are like us, and the more they reflect our own likes, place in society, financial status, religious affiliation and even sporting preferences the better. We avoid conflict at all cost and we ourselves are the proof.

    Thank God that Jesus convicts our hearts and shows us just how wrong and selfish this all is. How much we need that one so not like me, so needy and so wrong about so many things.

    God has spoken, “Love your enemies,” ” lay down your life,” “the weaker are necessary” and “associate with the lowly.” Can I honestly say my life proclaims “yes & amen” to all of the above.

  2. “Moreover, as time shortens and adversities and persecutions abound, our need for fellowship increases.”

    For sure brother, and as the days grow more evil and the thorns of life abound, satan prowls around like a lion looking for whom he may devour. In all of these things are need for fellowship increases.

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