that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine.
This encouragement is the art of giving and receiving; it’s depending on each other. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 12:25, "So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other." Mutuality is the heart of fellowship: building reciprocal relationships, sharing responsibilities, and helping each other.
As Christians, we become and are more consistent in our faith when others walk with us and encourage us. The Bible commands mutual accountability, mutual encouragement, mutual serving, and mutual honouring. Over fifty times in the New Testament we’re commanded to do different tasks for "one another" and "each other." The Bible says, “Make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” Romans 14:19. We are not responsible for everyone in the body of Christ, but we are responsible to them. God expects you and I to do whatever we can to help!
Today, I want you to remember that our faith gives us a common language and a common purpose for encouraging one another.
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, purifies us from all sin.-- 1 John 1:17
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.--Titus 2:14
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