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Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
HYMN by John Fawcett
BLEST BE THE TIE
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above
Before our Father's throne
We pour our ardent pray'rs;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,
Our comforts and our cares.
We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.
When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.
This passage magnifies the unity Christ prayed for, which was inward, spiritual unity based on our relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
1 Corinthians 6:17, "But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him."
Those who know Christ have a common unity, common bond; we are community, those who are sharing life together.
Proverbs 27:17, "As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend."
We help one another in the improvement of good character.
In his book, Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer explains that, "living in fellowship (communion) with other believers is an essential ingredient to becoming Christ-like."
Romans 12:3-8, "For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our fait ...
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