February 22

As I start this new series on the one another commands in the Bible, I just want to remind you of the importance of these commands.  The church, the body of Christ, the fellowship of brothers and sisters, is what Jesus set into motion when he walked on the earth.  The Old Testament had a family group (from the line of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob who were called God’s people.  The church is a combination of families and nationalities from around the world.  In fact, if you continue reading a few verses after the command not to lie to each other in Colossians, Paul talks about Jew and Greeks coming together.  And the basis of all this is telling the truth.  If so many different people are to come together as one, certain “ground rules” need to be in place in order for fellowship to occur.
Now add to this the ideas we are bombarded with about separation, quarantine, social distancing.  If these ideas leak into our relationships as Christians instead of purely physical distancing, the church could get into big trouble.
So hopefully, as we continue looking at the one another’s, we will overcome this negative tendancies.