That is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine.
Paul’s greeting in his epistle to the Christian churches of Rome saying I long to be with you. Paul loved the Lord. He loved all, especially those who loved the Lord as much as he did. That is the purpose of the epistles Paul wrote to so many churches. I love you and pray for you, my Christian brothers and sisters. It does not matter where I am, walking on land, riding horseback, sailing the seas, or locked away in a prison cell, I long to be with the church, Paul is saying. Sadly, some Christians do not long to be with the church but say they are a part of it. They may not physically be with a church but feel like they are. Most servants of the Lord, from the Old Testament to the New Testament, have looked forward to assembly worship.
1 Chronicles 29:9 Then the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offering to the Lord wholeheartedly, and King David also rejoiced greatly. 10 So David blessed the Lord in the sight of all the assembly; and David said, “Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel our father, forever and ever.
One morning while making breakfast, I listened to a local radio station. I needed some noise while cooking, but the news announcer said church attendance was meager. Not only is Christian Church having low attendance, but other religions of the world. Spiritual fellowship is no longer desired, even among Jews, Muslims, or Hindus. This is sad, really sad. A person’s faith grows when they share with others. When Christians don’t seek to spend time with God or other Christians, their relationship with both lacks encouragement. When the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown began, church worship service stopped. Many used live streaming services, like zoom, to have worship. Sadly, too many became comfortable with non-fellowship worship. But as for me and myself, I still long to be with the church. If a servant of the Lord does not long to fellowship with other believers, they must question themselves. Do they love God and others? If so, why don’t they worship with others to give and receive encouragement? Do you assemble with others, or do you forsake group encouragement? God bless you; the Bridegroom loves you, and so do I. His humble bondservant, Samuel Jerry Head.
Hebrews 10:21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let’s approach God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let’s hold firmly to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let’s consider how to encourage one another in love and good deeds, 25 not abandoning our own meeting together, as is the habit of some people, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. 26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
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