Week beginning: 7th December, 2014
By Alan Taylor | Grasmere
"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."Matthew 18 v 20. (KJV)
This verse is a promise that God, in Christ, by his Holy Spirit will be with those who gather in his name. As it has been put "it is his guaranteed presence."
"In his name" means under his authority. If people gather together because of their common interest in something of a wholesome nature, the gathering is often called a "fellowship." The word is mentioned several times in the New Testament. For instance, we read of "fellowship in the Gospel" (Phil 1 v 5), "the right hand of fellowship" (Gal 2 v 9). In 1 John 1 we read of "fellowship with God" and "with one another."
Someone has likened fellowship to the spokes of wheel. The closer a part of the spoke is to the hub the nearer it is to other spokes. The nearer believers are to God the nearer they are to other believers. Christian lawyers should remember each other in prayer and try to meet from time to time for mutual encouragement. That is what Christian fellowship is all about.
It is helpful to reflect on the words of an old hymn:-
He gives us more grace as burdens grow greater,
He sends us more strength as our labours increase,
To added afflictions he adds his mercy,
To multiplied trials he multiplies peace.*
How does God do these things for us? I believe he does them by his Holy Spirit acting through fellowship with other believers.
Take time to give thanks to God for the fellowship we have as brothers and sisters in Christ and pray for your fellow LCF members.
Give thanks for the worldwide fellowship we have with our partners across the world and in particular remember our CLEAR partners in East Africa.
*Annie J. Flint (1866-1932)