“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
What happens when we are isolated from the body of Christ (even other denominations), or from people in general? Mal perceptions. In the absence of healthy others, ill-informed emotions and opinions emerge. We desinegrate into neurosis, perhaps without even knowing it. It is impossible to be spiritually, emotionally, or physically healthy when we spend all of our days alone because there’s no one to tell us we’re wrong, in left-field, no one to encourage us when we need it most.
Life-giving nourishment comes from being immsersed in the body of Christ. And not just members of the body who are just like us. In fact, we are healthier and stronger when we live and love among brothers and sisters who are different from us.
Probably the only reason that we would withdraw from the body is if we’re homebound for one reason or another. Otherwise, let us not merely attend church, but immerse ourselves in the body…let us spend our lives together. Our health depends on it.