No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. (1 John 4:12 NRSV)

"Perfected" is a phrase that calls for more than merely having a goal to be morally perfect. The word really calls on us to adjust the things that are wrong in such a way that the fellowship of the church will be enhanced.

The word was used for the setting of bones that had been broken by the physician of Paul's day. We are to constantly be adjusting and restoring the things that might be broken so that the fellowship of the church may not be hindered. We must not tolerate broken relationships and hard feelings. They must be made right in love and kindness, meekly seeking to be a part of the solution to the problem.

A study was conducted of 7,000 people who suffered such cataclysmic diseases as cancer or vascular problems. The essential finding was this: those who enjoyed a strong support system of friends and family survived at a much higher rate than those without such a system.

Holy God, may I bring support to all people in your church. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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