Fellowship 

Joshua 19:9
“The inheritance of the children of Simeon was included in the share of the children of Judah, for the share of the children of Judah was too much for them. Therefore the children of Simeon had their inheritance within the inheritance of that people.”

The Christian life was never meant to be a solo activity. The challenges and the opportunities of life are often much more than the individual believer can handle. Solomon wrote of the practical benefits of fellowship when he declared, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.” 

David wrote of the beauty of fellowship when he declared, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing – Life forevermore” (Psalm 133:1-3).

In our text, Joshua speaks of the value of fellowship when he explains that the inheritance given to Judah is too much for them to handle on their own, so the tribe of Simeon will assist them, and they will share the land.

As you move forward in your relationship with Jesus, it is vital to establish good and godly relationships with people who will help you become the person  God wants you to be. The Bible is filled with advice that will help you make good relationship decisions.

Proverbs 12:26
“The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.”

Proverbs 27:17
“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

Proverbs 27:6
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”

Proverbs 27:5
“Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed.”

Pastor Jim

 

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