God wants a congregation to be a loving family that helps the weak, draws its power from the gifts of each one, and reaches out to draw others in to the forgiveness and freedom that prevails.
The world is warped and twisted. The world must not be allowed to enter the church of God.
The church can be defined in large part by what it does. “… the church offered earnest prayer to God for him” Acts 12.5 CEB.
The saints you can count on are those who don’t stay away from their spiritual family except when physically incapacitated. All others are motivated by convenience, not by discipleship.
“… the very reason the law of Christ existed—just as the law of Moses existed—was to create a community of love (see on [Gal] 5:14).” —Don Garlington, Shorter Commentary on Galatians, 174.
God gives grace and strength in his church. Are any of us so strong that we can forgo what he gives there?