(With fellowship being a prominent theme on the blog, I reached out to someone I have a great deal of respect for their considered and calming manner in social settings. Marlene Wray from Manchester, England kindly put together this word on friendly fellowship for us to explore and act on. For His Name’s Sake Shalom C. L. J. Dryden)
Friendly fellowship is a genuine relationship built on love with others who share the same interest. Onlookers will see the bond. Those present should feel the love. In order to obtain friendly fellowship in the way God want us to develop this, we must first look at Jesus’ example. Jesus chose disciples and worked with them. He built relationships of good communication, spending quality time together, getting to know & understand each other. Jesus corrected them gently in love when they misunderstood or became self-centred.
Honesty and sincerity are major areas of fellowship. As Jesus commanded His disciples to love one another as He loved them (John 15:12), so we must love. This love enables us to be comfortable, to be honest and accept honesty from others.
Jesus sent out His disciples in pairs to mentor each other, for companionship, to encourage, support and plan their approach together. No-one felt isolated.
When the disciples re-grouped after Jesus’ crucifixion they followed the standard set by Jesus for fellowship for us to learn from.
They not only spent time praying together. They ate together and ensured each other’s needs were met. This was a supporting group where prayer and solace was found – this is friendly fellowship.
We give praise and honour to our Redeemer, Father and friend. We pray that you teach us Lord to follow your model and develop friendly fellowship with one another in all the ways you taught, through a love that comes from you.
Teach us how to practise the ways you taught us which reflects your love and honesty in our lives.
Heavenly Father, give us listening ears to hear your teaching spirit and surrender to your desire for harmony among us. Stir us to be acutely alert to the needs around us and to meet those needs practically. Lord, put a desire in us to patiently, spend time interacting with one-another, because you created us to interact, one with another.
Lord, in all we do we seek your guidance. Direct us Father in actively demonstrating a healthy lifestyle of friendly fellowship through your Holy Spirit. Amen