FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
1 Corinthians 11:20-22
“Despise ye the church of God?”
AN UNWORTHY COMMUNION
In the early church, it was a common practice for the Christians to hold a feast before Holy Communion. The believers would pool their resources and break bread together. The purpose of this feast was to promote fellowship among the brethren in Christian love and unity. Thus, this feast was often called the love feast or the agape feast.
Alas, this love feast of the Corinthian church turned out to be devoid of love. Instead of love, there was selfishness and favouritism. The rich despised the poor and ate the food themselves. While the poor went hungry, the rich were partying away with the abundance of food and drink. There was much division, unforgiveness and worldliness among the brethren as they partook of the Lord’s Supper. There was no focus on Christ and His love for His people.
Favouritism was also common in the early Jewish church. “For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?” (James 2:2-4) Such a conduct runs contrary to God’s royal law for us to love our neighbour as ourselves.
Beloved, are we people who show respect of persons in our lives? Do we harbour hatred or an unforgiving spirit towards some of our brethren? May it not be so as we approach the Lord’s table. Just as Christ has loved us, so let us love our fellow brethren. Christ said in John 13:34-35: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Let us not turn the love feast into a hate feast!
THOUGHT: Do I have genuine love for my brethren?
PRAYER: Father, teach me what it means to truly love my brethren.