“We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”          1 John 1:3 NLT


We all know that relationships can be the source of much grief and pain. We’ve all experienced disappointing relationships. Some of us had abusive parents who did not love us. We may have had or still have an abusive spouse. Perhaps our children have gone astray and are a source of heartache. At the root of all such disappointments is sin which causes alienation from God and from one another. We all know that true joy does not come in the form of accumulation of wealth or fame. True joy comes in the form of experiencing true fellowship with others. Picture a person on their deathbed, all alone, except for the nurse. They say, “Bring me today’s Financial Mail so that I can see how my investments are doing”. This is a poor person! Picture another person on their deathbed; a person who doesn’t own much but yet is surrounded by caring, loving family members. This is a person who knows God and knows that soon the Saviour who loved them and died for them will welcome them into heaven. This is a rich person who enjoys fellowship with God and with others. John is telling us that true fellowship with one another and with God is the basis for true joy. “Fellowship” means sharing together. The idea that we, who were so defiled by sin, can enjoy eternal fellowship with a holy God, should overwhelm us!



Lord Jesus, thank You for the joy of eternal fellowship with You.



Lord, the idea that we, who were so defiled by sin, can enjoy eternal fellowship with You, a holy God, not just for the few years on this earth, but forever, overwhelms us and brings joy to our hearts. AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

Jeremiah 34:8-16



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