The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.
This is a new view of fellowship for me. It begins with my relationship with God. My fellowship with other believers is a different sort of relationship than simple friendship. We must never exclude non- believers from our love and generosity, but our commonality is different. Putting this into words today makes me feel as if I am excluding others. But no one is excluded from a life with Christ and the promise of eternal life. Sharing this gift centers my relationship with other believers. To me, this is fellowship.
Father God, thank you for providing and placing other believers in my life. Others who know you and your love, help me to stay on track. Amen