The Christian Walk Is A Shared Journey - Galatians 6:2.

The Christian Walk Is A Shared Journey

"Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ”. Galatians 6:2.

The Christian walk is a shared journey. Paul is talking about interrelatedness and interdependence, a principle that is laced throughout Paul’s epistles. “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together” (1 Corinthians 12:26, RSV). “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak” (Romans 15:1, RSV).

The Greek word used to describe the shared life of the people of God was koinonia.Our best word for it in English is “fellowship,” but this is far too limited to encompass the meaning of the Greek.

Koinonia means sharing, all kinds of sharing: sharing in friendship (Acts 2:42), being partners in the gospel (Philippians 1:5), material possessions (2 Corinthians 8:4), having fellowship in Christ (1 Corinthians1:9), and sharing life together in the Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14).

Above all, koinonia is fellowship with God. “That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship” (1 John 1:3) - that life we share with the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.

In koinonia we are bound to each other, to Christ, and to God. Crucial to living this shared life is learning to listen. When you listen to me you say to me, “I value you. You are important.” When I really listen to a person - listen with ears and a heart that hears - it becomes revelation, and the Spirit comes alive in the relationship.

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