"We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you may also have fellowship with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete." 1 John 1:3-4
One thing I love about my church family is the fellowship we enjoy with one another! Our fellowship is a gift and a blessing from God. But I also understand that we cannot truly enjoy fellowship with one another until we first enjoy fellowship with the Father. Jesus came to save us from our sins, to give us eternal life, and to bring us into right relationship (fellowship) with God. When we surrender our lives to Him, we become children of God. We can enjoy true fellowship with the Father. That is what John wanted us to know. In 1 John 1:5-7, he says, "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." Being in right fellowship with God through Jesus actually brings us into right fellowship with one another. Our fellowship with God and with one another is a gift from God! It is a complete joy...a joy that only God can give us! And it is a joy that we can share in fellowship as brothers and sisters in Christ!