“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:7
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When was the last time you’ve been to church services? Has it been a week? A month? A year?…You can’t remember?
You may have heard it said that Christianity is a “one another” religion. Well, it is. Christians, “being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another” (Rom. 12:5). The way that we function is together – in unity. And one of the reasons that we meet on the first day of every week (Sundays) and Wednesdays is because the Scripture commands us to stir up love and good works in one another (Heb. 10:24).
We are commanded to not be in the habit of “forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb. 10:25). We are not to neglect attending church meetings and gatherings.
There are some who wait to attend meetings of the church until Christmas or Easter. But the Scripture is clear that we are not to be in the habit of not going to church meetings, if it is within our ability.
Yes, some circumstances require that some people work on Sundays and Wednesdays when most congregations meet who would otherwise be there if given the opportunity. However, the Scripture is referring to willful neglect of not attending services – like deciding that you just want to sleep in for the day instead of worshipping God, every Sunday.
There are too many things we are to be doing for one another to choose not to attend church gatherings. Whenever the church meets together, that’s a chance for us to obey God’s one another commands. Sure, we can do that outside of the four walls of a building, but there’s the perfect opportunity to do so at church services. Here’s what we get to do for one another when we meet:
- Build up one another (Rom. 14:19).
- Comfort one another (1 Thess. 4:8).
- Have care for one another (1 Cor. 12:25).
- Serve one another (Gal. 5:13).
- Bear with one another (Eph. 4:2).
- Be kind to one another (Eph. 4:32).
- Teach and admonish one another (Col. 3:16).
- Encourage one another (Heb. 3:13).
- Pray for one another (Jam. 5:16), and;
- Love one another (John 13:34).
If you’ve been missing services of the church, then you have been neglectful of being comforted, being lifted up, being served, being taught, being encouraged, being prayed for, and being loved by fellow Christians, and you’ve missed the opportunity to do the same for members of the body.
Perhaps you are not a member of the body of Christ. You can become a member of His church today by believing that Jesus is Lord, by confessing His sweet name, by repenting of your sins, and by being baptized for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you can partake of the love for one another by which Christ’s disciples are known (Jn. 13:35).
Let’s keep stirring one another up for love and good works, and attend services of the church every chance we get.
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” – 1 Jn. 4:11
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