Authentic Fellowship

The first Thursday of each month, I participate on a corporate prayer call.  As part of the prayer team, I have the privilege of praying over the prayer requests that have come in or a specific topic.  This morning my assignment is to pray about the fellowship of friendship – Koinonia.  So I asked the Lord, “What do you want me to pray?”

Koinonia is the Greek word for fellowship.  This word brings different images to mind:  gathering together for conversation and food; a group of like-minded individuals who gather together regularly; a community pooling together its resources.  Basically, fellowship is sharing.

Many, many years ago, I facilitated a Bible study by Charles R. Swindoll entitled “Koinonia – A Recipe for Authentic Fellowship.”  So, I pulled the book off the shelf.  Flipping through the pages to see if any words or notes written in the margins made an impression on my heart.  So what jumped out and tugged at my heart? 

ANYthing – Love = Zero

Wow!  What a sobering thought… This means when you fellowship or share, love must be your foundation or it means nothing.  In Proverbs we read A friend loves at all times…  Paul writes that whatever we do, whether spiritual or natural, without love it means nothing (1 Corinthians 13). 

Authentic fellowship – true / trustworthy sharing…

Friendship is a type of relationship:  the connection between two or more people or groups and their involvement with one another, especially as it regards the way they behave toward and feel about one another.  The fellowship of friendship is the sharing of relationship…  As I prayed, I hoped that those on the call were ministered to… that they were encouraged… that the words that came out of my mouth were seasoned with His love…

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for friendship, fellowship and community.  I ask that the motives of our hearts would always be saturated with love.  May we reach out to others in cooperation NOT push others aside through competition.  Teach us how to walk out the God-kind of love.  Give us courage to be authentic – true and trustworthy in our relationships.  May our friendships glorify You.  In Jesus Name, Amen!

Remember to be REAL…