Purpose Driven Life, Day 18

Day 18: Experiencing Life Together – We were not meant to live this life alone, we require fellowship. The kind of fellowship that is personal and heartfelt, where you can share your hurt, pain, sins, hopes and dreams…and be lifted up by those that fellowship with you. Day 18 tells us how important it is to fellowship in small groups, you don’t need a big group to fellowship, the Bible states where two or three gather in his name, God will be in their midst.

In real fellowship people experience authenticity – People are able to open up and be honest about what’s going on in their lives, they’re able to share more freely.

In real fellowship people experience mutuality – It’s the heart of fellowship, being able to depend and count on each other when it matters the most, we’re able to walk with each other and offer encouragement.

In real fellowship people experience sympathy – Sympathy is sharing the pain of others, letting them know that you understand what they’re going through and there’s nothing wrong with the way they are feeling.  The most intense level of fellowship is the fellowship of suffering, where we’re able to enter someone else’s grief and carry their burdens.

In real fellowship people experience mercy – God has mercy on us every minute of every day, none of us are without sin. It’s important to practice forgiveness, you can’t fully have fellowship with unforgiveness in your heart.

Today’s question is: What one step can I take today to connect with another believer at a more genuine, heart-to-heart level?

I find that I’m always busy doing something…studying, working, going to the gym…always keeping busy…but mainly by myself. The one step I can take today is reaching out to those that I haven’t been able to connect with because of my schedule. Making room for the important people in my life and making a real effort to be more involved with other believers.

Learning to live in the moment,

Shar

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