These days, I am just overwhelmed with love and appreciation for all the awesome and wonderful friends and family God has blessed me with. Truly love is the greatest commandment. I think I am beginning to understand why that is the greatest commandment because it just feels so good. Honestly, you just can’t live without LOVE. If you truly love someone, you always want the best for them. And, if you do not have the agape love for God and your brothers and sister, I can assure you, you are not a Christian yet. There is no Christianity without LOVE.
I am living loved and loving others, both believers, and unbelievers. When I meet a fellow believer these days, either on social media or physically, I automatically connect. I feel the bond, the same faith, same body, same family, same Spirit, same Jesus, same God. That is what family feels like. I love forward to going to Church because I can’t wait to serve, give love and feel love. I see a fellow believer with great fervor and love for God, and I just want to hug them and squeeze them. It is the most amazing feeling ever.😄😀😁
And with an unbeliever, I love them so much, that I want to tell them about God and pray that they will come to have the same joy and salvation that I and other believers have in Christ. I don’t want to see them in Hell. So, I just can’t shut up about Jesus. You must come to the point where you ain’t scared to talk about God anymore, because “There is no fear in love and perfect love really does cast out fear (1 John 4:18 ESV).”
Chatting with my friends now isn’t just about vain things or just simple like this anymore;
Friend: How are you?
Me: I am fine. And you?
Then there’s a long pause………….…….😊
Friend: Okay, just wanted to say hi. Sleep calls.
Me: Okay dear. Thanks for saying hi. Good night
Friend: Good night
OR we get together and gossip, gossip, gossip.
But now, there is a big change. Now, we talk GOD. We grow and learn every time we chat together. We don’t talk about vain things, but eternal things. We support and encourage one another. We pray for one another, study the word of God together. We ask questions about the word of God and teach one another in God’s wisdom.
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other (Romans 12:9-10 NLT, second edition).
Also because we love one another, we do not push aside the TRUTH or compromise even if it’s going to hurt. We talk about it and hold one another accountable. I see a sister or brother going down the wrong path or see a trace of sinful life. I will be like, “Girl, what you doing? You should know better.” We don’t judge one another, but we do not make sin okay. We call sin what it is, a sin. Sin shouldn’t be glamorized, it needs to be embarrassed, godly sorrow needs to be felt and repentance needs to occur. Many times we are told in the Bible not to tell lies to one another but to speak the truth in love (Colossians 3:9, Ephesians 4:15, Ephesians 4:25). And we pray for another and help that person to overcome such sin. There is real transparency. And if such person is growing in Christ, we recognize that, encourage you, keep you going. No sister or brother is left behind. NEVER!
We also rejoice with one another. If a sister or brother experienced something good, we all rejoice together with no jealousy or envy. Well, the old me, would have been jealous. “Why is she getting everything? Is she better than me? Ain’t I prettier, so why is she getting all the boys and attention? Why does he get a job and I don’t? and so much more. But, in true love, there is no jealous or envy (1 Corinthians 13: 4). There is also no fear. Fear in the sense that, “God’s grace has finished, he/she got it all, there’s none for me.” No, God’s grace is boundless, it has no limit. His/her success doesn’t hinder mine, and I am not scared to rejoice with a sister or brother. So, we pray more for one another for we are one body and “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it (1 Corinthians 12:26 NIV).”
Fellowship with other Christians is the best, my dear family. You grow faster, and your faith strengthens because our faith mutually encourages one another (Romans 1:12).
Family, if you are not in a small group and you do not have fellowship with other believers who know what it really means to love God, I have to tell you, you are missing a whole lot.
TRUE FELLOWSHIP is vital in your walk wth Christ. I thought I could walk with Christ alone, be a secret Christian and just worship God privately without interacting with others but that only made my growth slower. Because I was able to indulge in sin privately with no one to chastise, rebuke or hold me accountable for my actions. I was lukewarm in private with no one to warm me up and say, “Hey Esther, be hot for God.” It’s been a really amazing journey with my brothers and sisters. If I were to honestly look back, I truly started growing during my first group fellowship and book study with some friends. God was totally involved.
So, my dear if you don’t have a fellowship group already, get one, pray for one. Even Jesus during his time on earth didn’t walk alone. He had 12 disciples. The Holy Trinity (God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) also exist together in sweet fellowship. God has set so many examples for us. Let’s follow them. Pray that God bring you close to godly friends and people he wants you to fellowship with and he definitely will.
To my friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, you all are not just friends anymore, you are basically brothers and sisters to me. I immensely appreciate you all, and I thank God for each and every one of you and for bringing us together. I pray that we all continue in our faith and walk with God. May the burning love and desire for God in our hearts continue to grow in Jesus name. AMEN. I also want to be your friend in Heaven😉. Keep running the race, see you all at the finish line. #KEEPGROWING #FELLOWSHIPISSWEET
Lots of Love❤️❤️❤️