As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)
Yesterday we discussed the relationship between humility and Godly counsel. Today, we will look at the relationship between fellowship and Godly counsel. Fortunately, the basic Discipline we are considering this week is Fellowship so we are already learning a lot about the topic. All I want to do here is to explicitly make the link between the Disciplines and leave you with some questions to answer.
Since God clearly has all the answers to all our questions, why doesn’t he just give us all the answers directly? Obviously He can and sometimes He does, but in His wisdom he admonishes us to seek counsel from others. Please read the following passage from Hebrews 10:23 – 25 and look for the link between fellowship and the Discipline of counsel: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” The idea of spurring one another on brings “counsel” to mind and not giving up on meeting together brings “fellowship” to mind. The two concepts naturally fit together and I believe where there is great fellowship the foundation for Godly counsel exists.
Here are some questions related to fellowship to consider as you seek to practice the Discipline of Counsel:
- Does your brand of fellowship promote the type of atmosphere where you would feel comfortable seeking and providing counsel?
- Do you meet with believers outside of a church service? Or, when you attend church and the church service is over, do you ever stick around to spend time with others?
- Do you make an effort to really get to know other believers by going beyond surface conversations?
- Would people know that you love brothers and sisters in the Faith based on the amount of time you are prepared to spend with them?
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