A “Friendly” Benefit of the Gospel

A meditation on 1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (ESV)

As I sit to write this article I do so with a heavy heart.  Honestly, my emotions range from sadness to anger these days over the reality that I will be saying good bye to a coworker, friend, and a brother in Christ at the end of this month.  What many do not realize is that ministry can be a very lonely place, and for me it is beginning to feel all the more lonely.  The encouragement I take from 1 John 1:7 is the fellowship of believers.  I am continually amazed by God’s grace when I reunite with a friend whom I have not seen or spoken to in a long time.  The bond of fellowship we share as brothers and sisters in Christ allows us to pick up where we left off.

Heather and I spent 3 years in the transient city of Colorado Springs.  Due to the military presence and the charm of living in a mountain town many people journeyed through Colorado Springs, living there for awhile and then moving on.  Many of the “natives” learned to protect themselves from having to say good bye simply by not befriending military personnel or those who were not putting down roots.  This was their loss.

Learning to say good bye and accepting the reality of friends moving on is a part of being a gospel centered Christian.  This world is not our home and God has given us a mission to go and make disciples of all nations.  That means that at some point, if we are being obedient in the sending and the going, we will have to say good bye.  However, when Christians say good bye to one another there is the promise ‘we will meet again.’  Not only will we meet again, but we cling to the promise that if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.

– Pastor Corey Mitchell

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