I love going to church. It really is the highlight of my week.
But even more than that, I love the joy of the close friendships I have formed with my brothers in Christ over the years — those men who share a common faith in the Lord Jesus same as I do.
It’s just the best thing when you’re stressed out, or you’re worried, to be able to get a text or a message or something from another Christian mate letting you know you are being kept in prayer, or meeting up for coffee, or engaging in lively theological discussion! Sharing common interests is good. But it is even better when close friendships that are formed allow for mutual, meaningful confession of sin, relevant encouragement, and timely edification.
I believe that continuing on strong in the Christian life is achieved in large part due to the tight-knit bonds of Christian friendships. Similarly, being ostracised from the in-church clique by church members, even if unintentionally, is surely a most damaging thing for any Christian person in church to experience.
So I’d like to start thinking more seriously about the importance of my Christian friendships. I’d also like to think carefully about whether or not I am accidentally excluding or ostracising anyone. It seems too important not to think on.