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Devotional - week of January 13, 2002


STRENGTHEN THE TIE THAT BINDS OUR HEARTS

… speaking the truth in love, [that we] may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.  Ephesians 4:15-16.

According to this passage, every member of the church has the responsibility and privilege of strengthening the fellowship of the church.

Two things make this responsibility and privilege extremely important. One is the widespread condition of broken fellowships in churches—which result in broken lives and broken friendships.

Also, strong fellowship among believers is a major theme in the New Testament. John 17 records that just hours before Jesus died on the cross he repeatedly prayed that His followers would be one.

How can you strengthen the fellowship of your church? According to the passage, it is through permitting Jesus to live through you. The passage says that it is from Jesus the whole body “is joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share...”

Our first step in strengthening the tie that binds our hearts is growing up in all things into Christ—the head of the church. Our growth into Him permits Him to express Himself through us.

We grow up into Christ through truth and through intimate fellowship with Him.

The most certain way to experience growth into Jesus is by receiving more and more truth from God’s word and by experiencing fellowship with Jesus in the heavenlies.

We can only imagine the pleasure we bring to the heart of Jesus when we permit Him to be the answer to His own prayer that we might be one—strengthening the fellowship.

“Blessed are the peacemakers …”