Gathering Together, Day 12
One of my favorite things to do is to sit around a table to eat, talk, and laugh for hours. Fellowship is so important in the Christian faith. It allows us to build one another up, relax, have fun, support one another, pray for one another, and to learn from one another.
Fellowship is also important in a marriage – purposeful gathering together. Merriam Webster dictionary defines fellowship as “a gathering of friendly people who share common interests.” Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us there is a time for gathering. Do you gather together often?
Adam and I have a weekly get together with another couple in our area. Sometimes we do large group things together like see a movie or grab a meal. Sometimes we pair off, Adam and his friend, game and talk, and my friend and I watch a girly show together and talk. We also have a biweekly gaming group that meets to play tabletop games, eat, and laugh together. This is a group of nonbelievers, but we are still able to fellowship with them, and encourage them, and share the love of Christ.
We also make Sunday morning service a priority. I have learned not to feel guilty about skipping church every once in awhile if I’m ill or simply need to rest, but I do really feel uplifted every time I get to go and sing praises with other believers, worship with my husband, and hear God’s Word.
How do you make “Gathering together” a priority in your marriage? Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV) says, “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Our time on this earth is precious and short. Take advantage of the opportunities to gather with other believers. Take the time to meet with other couples and friends regularly. Take the time to listen to those who are married and ask them for their words of wisdom (and this doesn’t have to be a couple who is much older than you or who has been married a lot longer). Don’t neglect to keep your ears open to those who are young, but with whom God has blessed with wisdom and encouragement. Share the love of Christ with others. The benefits to your own marriage will be rewarding.
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