In the late 1800s D. L. Moody began a Sunday school on Illinois Street in Chicago. One child who attended would walk each week from halfway across the city, which was a large city even in those days. He would pass church after church until he reached the Illinois Street Sunday School.
One day a superintendent of one of the Sunday Schools he passed asked him, “Why do you go all the way out there? Why don’t you come here? It is right next door to you.”
Looking up at the superintendent, the lad said, “I go where they love a fellow.”*
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you; that you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35).
God created us for fellowship and at the heart of true fellowship is the expression of God’s type of love. How can you express God’s type of love to the people you visit each week? To the children? To their parents? To others with whom you come in contact on a daily basis?
“Real fellowship happens when people get honest about who they are and what is happening in their lives.”**
*Hyman J. Appelman, “Paralyzed People,” [July 1946], Hudson, Curtis, ed. Great Preaching on Soul Winning. (Murfreesboro, TN: Sword of the Lord Publishers, 1989), p. 121.
**Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishers, 2002), p. 140.
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