The 10 Commandments of Fellowship

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In Letters to God, kids were asked to write to God with their requests, here’s what a few of them wrote.

Dear GOD, is it true my father won’t get in Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house? Anita

Dear GOD, maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother. Larry

Dear GOD, did you really mean, “do unto others as they do unto you”? Because if you did, then I’m going to fix my brother! Chris
Dear GOD, I bet it is very hard for You to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it. Nan

These letters, while humorous, contain the truth that no family is perfect. We all have our shortcomings, problems, and disappointments. Yet, we still love each other in spite of the challenges. The same is true in the fellowship of Christians.

One of analogies in the Bible for the church is family. Christians are called “the family of believers (Gal. 6:10) and “The household of God” (Eph 2:19). God is our Father. Jesus Christ is our elder brother. And we are identified as brothers and sisters.

Last night in our Fall Focus series at Hickman Mills, Roger Shouse presented a wonderful lesson on “Powerful Fellowship” where he likened our relationship in the spiritual family to our physical family. In that lesson he shared “The Ten Commands of Fellowship” from Romans 12.” Since Norma Jean and I were trying to take care of our 1-year-old grandson, Miles, we didn’t get very good notes. So with apologies to Roger, here’s my list based on the text and my memory of his lesson.

#1 Love one another.

Love is the glue that holds us together. It must be sincere. Without hypocrisy. And genuine. Love necessarily hates evil. And clings to what is good.

#2 Honor one another.

The NAS renders this “give preference to one another in honor.” In God’s family we should highly esteem our relationship with fellow Christians. And treat one another with dignity. Respect. And value.

#3 Be gracious with one another.

God’s people help each other. Share with each other. Offer help when needed. And mutually enjoy the hospitality of one another’s company.

#4 Be patient with one another.

We are all different. We have different backgrounds, interests, personalities and personal preferences. Our individual idiosyncracies can often irritate and aggravate each other. But we are family. And are called upon to be longsuffering and patient.

#5 Pray for one another.

We have fellowship with a powerful God. He hears the prayers of His people who reverently call upon Him. There is nothing more special than for a brother to say, “I’m praying for you.”.

#6 Do not be spiteful toward one another

Revenge, vengeance and retribution has no place in God’s family. Do good, when others do evil to you. Bless when they curse. Help when they hurt.

#7 Emphasize with others.

Rejoice with others who enjoy good fortune and experience God’s blessings. But also weep with those that weep. Christians really do feel the pain of fellow brothers and sisters.

#8 Get along with others.

Live in harmony. Be like-minded. Pursue peace. Work to make the Family what the Father wants it to be.

#9 Be humble.

Pride and self-conceit is contrary to the spirit of God’s people. Don’t be haughty. Arrogant. Or think you are better than other brothers.

#10 Be honest.

Do what is right. Live honorably. Demonstrate integrity. Speak the truth.

Just like families, churches will encounters problems, but all issues can be successfully solved if we apply these divine principles

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

Take time to read Romans 12:9-18. What other lessons do you learn about relationships from this text?

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