What are some of the things that can hinder the fellowship we have with one another?
“If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 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” (I John 1: 6-7).
Fellowship can’t be faked. Real fellowship is light, but if we are just pretending, it’s darkness. So think about your brothers and sisters in Christ. Do you have good fellowship with them? If not, what is the hindrance?
1. It could be you don’t think you need fellowship. You may think that you’re fine and don’t need anyone else. But when you think you can be autonomous or self-reliant, you are being deluded by pride. God put us in a body that has many members.
2. It could be you think you need solitude. You may feel more spiritual when you are alone. But the Christian faith is not a hermit faith. It is a communal faith. You are made to be in community, not in isolation. You live out our faith in relationships to others.
3.You may be too shy. But shyness can be a form of self-absorption or rudeness. Get over yourself and be friendly. You can’t apply the golden rule all by your lonesome.
4. You may think you don’t have anything in common with these people. They are not like you. Are they forgiven sinners? Does Jesus have fellowship with them? That should be enough for you.
5. Discord and strife breaks fellowship. Have you let hurt feelings, old grudges, evil speaking, slander, envy, competition, or lack of forgiveness destroy your fellowship? If so, put those things way. Leave them in the grave! Cultivate fellowship.
Remember what God has done in Christ in order to have fellowship with you. Strive to imitate your Father in heaven. “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit….” (Phil. 2:1-4). Fellowship is a comfort and consolation the world knows nothing of. It is our privilege and duty to enjoy it.