I have been thinking over the past while about how  many christians are willing to be islands in their christian life. <p> Do you think we are meant to be that way?  I look at the bible  and our examples that we read about there.  It was just making me think because   I see many people who do not think we need other christians.  We think we can be islands in our family, keeping to ourselves because we do not trust others. <p> I   was pondering one of my favorite verses: John 15:13-15 <p> Greater Love has no man then this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends if you whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants: for the servant  knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father i have made known to you. <p>
I know this talking about the beautiful relationship between Jesus and  his disciples and I believe extends to us, but I think that  it is also a picture  of the beauty of relationships protrayed by Jesus and the disciples. <p>
Then I look  later of how the disciples continued that with others<p> Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostle doctrine and fellowship and in breaking for  bread, and in prayers. <p> Acts 2:26 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart. <p>
I know that  this  was a different time and century, but I  think that we can learn some from this. They  were living according to the doctrine of the apostles, they went to temple together, and ate together in different people’s houses.  <p> When we lived close to other christian families I saw  how close you can get to one another. Your children can almost become like their children, you get close even though it does not mean there are not problems. <p> Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was  multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.<p> I think it is funny as I often think of them  as being above reproach, yet here  it does not say they were not guilty of this!!! They were just people with problems and some major ones in the different churches we read about. <p> So, I wonder why we think that we do not need each other anymore? Is it because we  think we are better than most? We do not want to be tainted or  we are not worthy to  be with other christians? <p> I found this though  in Hebrews, which I know gets used alot by people who want  people to come to church to make them feel guilty, or at least some of the people I was around!!! <p> Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. <p>
There are all kinds of verses in the bible that I found that were really interesting! it make me see how the relationships were very important in the bible as I studied. <p> We are not islands, we are to depend on one another and exhort one another in love.<p>(Hebrews 3:13, 1 Th. 5:14)<p>
this last verse which I thought was good to close with<p> 1 Thess. 5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.<p>

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  1. loefflermom

    I agree with your thoughts wholeheartedly. We need each other. We need to be real with each each other. We are parts of a body and need to work together and grow together. Jesus prayed for unity in his church. May we be one as Jesus and the Father are one.

    Thanks for sharing your study!


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