As we have been seeing, fellowship should be prized. So anything that can damage it we want to avoid. Some things are fairly obvious, like anger, bitterness, un-forgiveness and conflict. But there could be others.
- What about exclusion, where someone feels they don’t belong or there is some form of prejudice existing?
- What about a lack of acceptance, where we have been so judgemental or condemning the other person is bound to turn away?
- What about a lack of authenticity, where the relationship is so phony that the other person sees right through us and knows we really don’t care?
- And finally, what about a lack of confrontation where we prefer to sweep things under the carpet rather than dealing with them? That one is so common. Or we go to the other extreme and do confront but so vigorously we rupture the fellowship between us.
Today, think about how you approach your relationships. We can be strong, weak, real or counterfeit. Ask God to help you see where you are and to give you the strength to make real change. There may be a need to share this with others and to work and pray together to resolve differences in your lives.