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Friday, December 28, 2007

Real Fellowship

I had a long telephone conversation the other evening. What started out as a contact call to a friend, turned into some deep sharing between us. We were being real and 'telling how it is.' Although we are from different backgrounds we are spiritually in tune with one another; there was an understanding and acceptance.

In scriptural terms you could say that we were 'confessing our sins' to each other. The problems and feelings I was sharing involved sin, because I admitted that in one particularly area of my life I was having difficulty living fully as God intends. It's not that we were expecting the other to fix it, only Jesus saves and redeems and heals, but bringing those things into the light resulted in a sense of freedom for both of us.

We all have to be responsible to God for our personal walk with God, but the New Testament particularly refers to the community element of being a Christian. Not a co-dependant people, leaning on one another, propping each other up, but a cohesive body of Christians sold out to God, focussed on Jesus and encouraging one another in the walk of faith. When we are open and real with one another in an atmosphere of love and acceptance, it releases the Holy Spirit to flow in love and healing.

In some Christian circles this may not be experienced - perhaps because faith is seen as a private matter or because any admission of difficulties or negative emotion may be seen as a lack of faith - so we need to choose carefully who we share with. If I am feeling broken inside I would always look for those who themselves have been broken.

"... confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5:16 New International Version

2 comments :

  1. Mulled Vine said...

    This is a tough one, and I think particularly in the UK because of the infamous British reserve.

    Our church has organised itself into cell groups and prayer triplets etc for this very purpose, but I still get frustrated at the unwillingness to share anything controvertial.

  2. wayfarerjon said...

    There's no easy answer to this. I have often found that I have been the catalyst by opening up to share something of myself. That either gets things moving or it falls on stony ground and I go back into my shell. It comes back to finding those of like mind you feel safe with. You can't make people open up or organise community - leave it to the Holy Spirit.