Proverbs 18:1 gives this warning,
One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires; he rebels against all sound judgment.
One of the tendencies of the fallen human heart is separation from relationships that God has given that can bring strength and joy. Even as believers, we can be tempted to keep our distance from one another, to pass up opportunities for fellowship because we are tired or distracted. And yet, in the first description of the early church we read that the believers “continually devoted themselves to fellowship” (Acts 2:42).
There was a strong commitment among these Christians to make the most of the opportunities God gave them for fellowship. Why? Because they realized how important these relationships were. And the results in the lives of these believers were powerful, as we read in the following verses.
Last night we gathered together at the church for a time of fellowship around God’s word, and you know what struck me? The laughter! I have not heard such merriment in quite a long time. It was a genuine expression of the joy of the Lord shared among His people. It was a rich and sweet time together, and we all left refreshed and encouraged in God’s grace (Philemon 7).\
Next Tuesday evening we will have another opportunity for this kind of fellowship, and I can’t wait. In the meantime, let me encourage you to realize the opportunities God is giving you to experience His love and joy in this way. Take the initiative to get together with someone for lunch, to invite someone to your home for dinner, to attend a small group. Take a step of faith and watch what the Lord does in your life and the lives of others to bring His joy and strength.