Re: Verse reading–Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:3-13 (Day Three) 
“Honor one another above yourselves.” Part of what it means to be human is to live with others.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer knew well the necessity of fellowship, and he warned, “Let him who is not in community beware of being alone.”  The most dreaded punishment devised by the human mind is solitary confinement, for it is in isolation that we find no one to help us carry the burdens of the weight of our fallenness.  It is never easy to live with others, but that’s not because fellowship is an optional component of our existence.  Rather, it is because we are sinful.  But it is when we live with others—working out conflict, revealing our motives, forgiving one another, learning from one another, confessing sin to each other—that we grow as Christ directs us to grow.  There is no substitute.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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