When the Holy Spirit was poured out, God’s people came together in agape.
The TLC—tender love and care (agape) in fellowship (koinonia) is God being through us. By the Holy Spirit we thrive in rich interpersonal relationships, mutuality and interdependence, remembering before God our Father, Jesus’ death until He comes. (1 Cor 11:26)
In koinonia, we love (agape) one another in word and deed, encourage one another, teach and admonish one another, give and receive edification, exhortation and comfort, sharing our lives and resources with one another.
42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43A sense of awek came over everyone, and the apostles performed many wonders and signs.
46With one accord they continued to meet daily in the temple courtsl and to break bread from house to house, sharing their meals with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47
In his letter to the persecuted Philippians, Paul wrote:
3I thank my God every time I remember you. 4In every prayer for all of you, I always pray with joy, 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart. For in my chains and in my defense and confirmation of the gospel, you are all partners in grace with me. 8God is my witness how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9And this is my prayer: that your love/agape may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10so that you may be able to test and prove what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:3-11 (1 Cor 1:4-9; Col 1:3-14)
1Therefore if you have any encouragement in Christ, if any comfort from His love/agape, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love/agape (agape), being united in spirit and purpose.
3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:1-3 (Eph 2:11-18)
In his letter to Philemon, Paul wrote:
4I always thank my God, remembering you in my prayers, 5because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. 6I pray that your partnership in the faith may become effective as you fully acknowledge every good thing that is ours in Christ. 7I take great joy and encouragement in your love, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints. Philemon 1 :4-7
In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul exhorted the Corinthians and us not to be yoked with the world:
14Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? 15What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?c Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16What agreement can exist between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
- “I will dwell with them
- and walk among them,
- and I will be their God,
- and they will be My people.”d
- 17“Therefore come out from among them
- and be separate, says the Lord.
- Touch no unclean thing,
- and I will receive you.”e
- “I will be a Father to you,
- and you will be My sons and daughters,
- says the Lord Almighty.”f 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
John, the Apostle of Love wrote the book of Acts. In his 1 John letter he exhorts us to walk in the light as Messiah Jesus is in the light.
1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have gazed upon and touched with our own hands—this is the Word of life. 2And this is the life that was revealed; we have seen it and testified to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us.
3We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And this fellowship of ours is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. 4We write these things so that our joy may be complete.
And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you: God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6If we say we have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7Butb if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (Jn 8:12–29; 11:10; 12:35)
8If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar, and His word is not in us.1 John 1:1-10 (Lk 24:36–49; Jn 20:19–23)
All Scripture quotations are from the BSB unless otherwise noted.