The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Special Relationships

"So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others" (Rom. 12:5).

Tomorrow is our church's annual fishing trip/fish fry. It is one of my favorite fellowships of the year. I love to catch, fry and eat fish. I also enjoy being with other Christians having good clean fun. (no pun intended about the fish) It is just plain good to get together with your family at times other than those spent at church. I think it is a great way to "build up" the Christian bond that we have. All barriers that sometimes segregate society are broken down within a church group. "There is neither bond nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:28). The body "is a unit, though it is made up of many parts, and though all its parts are many, they form one body" (1 Cor. 12:13). Each part counts and ought to know it!

The apostle Paul goes on in the next few verses to explain how we ought to act toward one another. That all of its parts ought to have equal concern for one another and if one part suffers, every part suffers with it...If one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. We find out about all of these things when we meet in more informal circumstances and talk about everyday things..We get a chance to display our feelings for one another, never paying back wrong for wrong but having an attitude of compassion and charity. We get another opportunity to build each other up and encourage one another. "Be kind and compassionate to one another" (Eph. 4:32).

We get a chance to show others that we are really on the right track in our lives as we interact in a Christian way. "Each of you should not only look to your own interests, but also to the interest of others" (Phil. 2:4). There is one more little aspect that we ought to look to as we fellowship with each other and display our special relationships. When we invite friends who may not be Christians to be with us, they ought to be impressed by our obvious care for each other. As they see us interacting and being good to one another, these may be the very things they are lacking in their lives and want to have. I will leave you with a scripture from 1 Peter. "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others" (4:8 & 9). Lets really encourage and stimulate others toward love and good deeds...

Have a great day...Make a difference....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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