Psalm 133:1 (NIV)
1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
“Whether we like it or not, the moment we confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, that is, from the time we become a Christian, we are at the same time a member of the Christian church … We can no more be a Christian and have nothing to do with the church than we can be a person and not be in a family.” [Peterson, A Long Obedience, 175]
“Scripture knows nothing of the solitary Christian … God never works with individuals in isolation, but always with people in community.” [Peterson, A Long Obedience, 176]
What’s there not to like? Consider/list what has been the blessings of belonging to the church?
In what ways do you find that you may try to isolate yourself from the community and what are the reasons behind it?
What Scripture comes to mind that helps you, challenges you to return to the community? How can you more freely and joyfully live in this truth?
We live together in God’s family of adopted children. Let’s come in prayer to forgive and ask for forgiveness for the ways we have not gotten along with our brothers and sisters. Let’s receive in prayer the affection of the Father for those in our church family.