“For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:8)
Do you long for the saints and want to be united with them? Are you tied to the world or to the saints? Come into the presence of the Lord and know His goodness and mercy. Come into the presence of the saints and know the encouragement and the strengthening that comes through fellowship. Live into the life which is yours in Christ and show the affection He has given you by giving that affection to others.
Lord, the good infection of Your love, grace, and mercy is mine through You. Lead me to let loose Your love in my life so that I would see others as a part of my heavenly family. Let me not be hindered by sin, or other selfish behavior, but freed to live into this life for which You have called me. Guide me by Your grace to look to You and be encouraged by those whom You send to surround me.
Dear Jesus, You have come to set the captives free. You have come so that we who have new life, might have that life in You. You, the author and finisher of faith, give faith to those who will become faithful. Let me not buy the lie of the wicked one and think that I do not need fellowship. Instead, richly invest me in the fellowship You have given me so that I might grow in You. Amen.