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Fellowship with Each Other

By Benjamin H. Liles

         But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. ~ 1 John 1:7, NKJV

          Recent conversations with my wife, Tanya, and Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior have yielded much to me. In the context of this passage to have proper fellowship with one another means finding the pitch, or harmony, at which we all sound good together: if said about working together as a choir. In terms of the body of Christ, it means to have an openness, a humility and vulnerability in keeping ourselves able to "walk in the light as He is in the light." After all we sin, whether we mean to or not.

          Picture this, if you will, a horse being hitched to a mule. Will either work well with one another? Or will one buck and strain because of the other it is in bond with? It's the same if we say we belong to Christ. We ought to walk in that same way. So, by walking "in the light," we have this accord with one another. And by remaining open and honest as His body with one another, we are able to remain cleansed and right within Him.

          Two things come to mind as I wrap up my thoughts here:

          1) To live right with others in the Church doesn't mean we give up our beliefs or rights, but rather that we work to a common goal. "Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14, New American Standard). It is to our advantage to have a clear and definable goal. To allow Him the right to rule our hearts and minds, to destroy "speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5).

          2) To love one another as Christ loved us, thereby we both honor one another and Him. "Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord" (Ephesians 5:22). In the context Paul is talking about, we - as His Church - are the wife in this verse. Considering Christ is the head of the Church, we are then to submit to His authority. In the same way, our wives are to submit to her husband. I'm not saying that to be dismissive or sounding trite. A wife is to walk at the side of her husband. Her proper place is next to him. She isn't before him or after him, but a "help mate." The point is we are to live our lives accordingly to encourage and support one another, and when needed to reprove and even rebuke as necessary. It's not done in the sense of the expense of another, but to show the harmony with how we ought to be, as His Church.

          I believe it is an imperative, where Paul is saying these things that we walk alongside one another, and not chomping at the bit to do our own thing. It is a community where we lift one another up - burdens, hurts, praise reports, good times and bad - showing His righteousness in the body, first, and then outward to various places.

John Donne wrote, "No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee."

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