God commands us to live lives of love (Eph 5:2), and to be devoted to one another in brotherly love (Rom 12:10). These commands hold tremendous benefits for us, if we will but obey them. In fact, the way we express love for God is to obey His commands, and His commands are not burdensome (1 John 5:3). God is not served by our love for one another as if He needed anything (Acts 17:25). God needs nothing; we on the other hand do need things, and one of the things we need the most is the love of God. We may think of God’s love being manifested for us at the cross and this is certainly true (Rom 5:8)! However, there are many other ways, practical ways, in which God manifests His love for us. One of the ways God loves us is through one another.

            This last Sunday evening we began our monthly (first Sunday of every month) fellowship groups, and what a blessing they were to so many. It is so encouraging to be able to spend a little time with one another in an intimate setting. Just to hear the laughter, the thoughts, the comfort, the dreams, the memories, and the concerns of this body is precious to me. As I reflected on our time together and what made it so precious and powerful, I came to the conclusion that what made it so special was the fact that God had provided it in His commandments to us about one another. God never commanded us to have fellowship groups on Sunday nights. He did, however, command us to love and be devoted to one another and what a blessing these groups were and will be.

            Anytime we can share God’s love it blesses others and binds our hearts to Him and His purpose for our lives. May God continue to bless our efforts to share what He gives us!


                                                                         Jay Don

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