During the COVID-19 Pandemic many churches have cancelled services and are offering worship opportunities online.
Of course, there are those who are critical of churches that have temporarily stopped having service to prevent the spread of the virus, However, TEMPORARILY cancelling service is not FORSAKING the assembling of ourselves together. Forsake means to abandon, which we are by no means doing…
Hebrews 10:25 (NKJV)
25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
One of the benefits of worshiping together in person is the love, fellowship and support of the love that is shared during the worship experience.
The Apostle Paul, inspired by God, reminds of our our duty to not just say, “I love you”, but to show true kind (a Fruit of the Spirit) affection for one another. The Hebrew adjective used here describes the kind of affection that is expected to be shared between close relatives….kind words, hugs, etc.
Romans 12:10 (NKJV)
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
This affection is one of the greatest benefits of a good, loving church family that exhibits the Fruit of His Spirit.
I know, in many church cultures when you hear the word LOVE OFFERING it’s time to reach for your wallet or purse.
So, for those of you missing the love of your family, enjoy the LOVE OFFERING in the video above.