need to grow "together".
Each of us can provide valuable insight,
our own unique perspective,
as it relates to our faith.
Our experiences are as different and as unique
as we are from each other.
The Body of Christ is all of us...
each a part of the whole.
Sharing together our experiences,
our hopes, our prayers, and our praise...
and encouraging one another...
this is what forms the brotherhood/sisterhood
of Christian believers...
this is what enables us to grow...
this is what we are expected to do
as per the Lord's command to love one another.
"A new command I give you:
Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this all men will know that you are my disciples,
if you love one another."
- John 13:34,35 NIV
And what is love as found in the dictionary?
"A deep, tender, ineffable feeling
of affection and solicitude toward a person,
such as that arising from kinship,
recognition of attractive qualities,
or a sense of underlying oneness."
How is love defined in the Bible?
"Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres."
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV
Do not be so shy, so reserved (reticent)
that you cannot (or will not)share your faith,
your own unique insight,
your experiences (testimony),
your support, your encouragement,
yes... your love for each other.