Fellowship – Pushing each other towards Jesus.

In order for fellowship to take place believers must walk with Jesus and walk in forgiveness.

Romans 12:17-21 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. 18 If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone. Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord. But If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head. Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.

Don’t retaliate
Matthew 5:38-40
“You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. q 39 But I tell you, don’t resist an evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt, let him have your coat as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and don’t turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Live in accountability
Ephesians 4:32
And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ

Pursue common ground
Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness —without it no one will see the Lord. 15 Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and by it, defiling many.

A Root of bitterness can find its way into our…

Let God be God

Go out of your way to help those that are against you
1 John 3:16-18 This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers. 17 If anyone has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need but closes his eyes to his need—how can God’s love reside in him?
Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action.

Defeat division and bitterness