The Enduring, Essential Requirements of Fellowship

 

     Although the religious world seems determined to minimize the essentiality of a Christian living soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age (Titus 2:12), God’s word remains unchanged.  Genuine fellowship with the Holy God requires the following virtues:

  • Righteousness. “He who walks uprightly and works righteousness” (Psalm 15:2).
  • Truthfulness.  “He who…speaks the truth in his heart” (Psalm 15:2).
  • Purity of speech. “He who does not backbite with his tongue nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend” (Psalm 15:3).
  • Abhorrence of evil. “In whose eyes a vile person is despised” (Psalm 15:4).
  • Delight in good. “he honors those who fear the Lord” (Psalm 15:4).
  • Integrity.  “He who swears to his own hurt and does not change…nor does he take a bribe against the innocent” (Psalm 15:4-5).
  • Fidelity to God’s commands. “He who does not put out his money at usury” (Psalm 15:5).

     The person who does these things shall abide in the Lord’s presence and dwell with Him in unbroken, enduring fellowship.

 

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