We have grown much over the past several years in our understanding of Christian fellowship and the importance of the corporate nature of the Body of Christ.  We have seen the biblical pattern and exhortations over and over as we study the Word of God.  Ultimately, we have seen the Spirit of God dwelling in our midst and enjoyed the warmth of Christian fellowship in the ever-growing Temple of our Lord.

I found this quote today from C.S. Lewis and it continues to unfold the glorious impact that we have on one another in the Body of Christ.  He writes:

“In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets.” (C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves, Page 61)

Lewis is pointing out that we need to establish greater breadth in order to grow closer to one another.  If we limit our fellowship and friendships to the same small set of people in the same situations, our knowledge of one another will be quite limited.  But if we observe one another in connection with others, our knowledge of each other grows.  Our appreciation and love of one another ought to grow as well.

But be warned, you must be prepared.  The greater you know one another, the more you will realize that we are each far from perfect.  You may will see that we are not always as wise, as mature, and as self-controlled as we may appear.  You must be armed with patience, gentleness, and a Christ-like forgiveness so that we may bear with one another for the glory of Christ.  But though this work may not be easy, it is the will of God and the law of Christ.

Gal. 6:1-3 Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Col 3:12-17 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

May God bless us with the richest of Christian fellowship.  May He grant us the willingness to grow near to one another, even if it reveals that we are not as strong and perfect as we would like others to think we are.

1 Comment

  1. Tim

    Mon 23rd Feb 2009 at 1:36 pm

    reading this now makes more sense now…thanks

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